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Useful Resources for Theory Exam Preparation

Music theory need not be a daunting subject. It is a vital part of becoming a good musician and...
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Does Grade 5 theory have to be a chore?

As a teacher who positively enjoys teaching theory I have to say 'no, of course not!' I teach...
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Grade 5 Theory... Why and How?!

Why do we do Grade 5 Theory exams? There is always an argument about why learners prepare for...
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The Kodaly Method

This philosophy of music education was Kodaly’s answer to the problems of Hungarian society and...

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  • Starting Compositions

    Tom Coult Music Theory Exams Tutor (South East London) Picture Often the idea of 'composing' can be a daunting idea, especially if you are asked to do it in school and you've previously only played other people's music on your instrument. I still find starting a piece difficult, but these are some tips that I find useful: - When I start writing a piece I...
  • Grade 5 Theory... Why and How?!

    Kate M Munn Music Theory Exams Tutor (West London) Picture Why do we do Grade 5 Theory exams? There is always an argument about why learners prepare for music exams at all, and whilst it is not the point in learning, it can help learners to focus on the skills they are developing in particular ways. ABRSM Instrumental Exams demand that learners are...
  • Conquering Grade 5 Theory!

    Sue Brodie Music Theory Exams Tutor (Truro) Picture Any instrumentalist or singer who is taking music lessons is advised to learn about music theory - the building blocks of how music is written down. If taking ABRSM exams it is necessary to take the Grade 5 theory exam in order to continue on with any of the higher grades. Too often students...

 

  • Listening to Ligeti's Horn Trio

    Music Theory Exams Tutor (North West London) Picture   Listening to Ligeti’s Horn Trio     For a performer of late 20th century music, it can be helpful to know something about the compositional style of a piece of music before listening to it. Some works can seem ‘opaque’ to the ear, and on first listening are difficult to understand....
  • The Kodaly Method

    Adrian Somogyi Music Theory Exams Tutor (West London) Picture This philosophy of music education was Kodaly’s answer to the problems of Hungarian society and culture in the the early 20th century. The musical philosophy is based on Hungarian folk traditions and linked with other musical ideas. However, it can be used in other cultural environments using...
  • Music Theory: Supporting Rounded Music Education

    Music Theory Exams Tutor (Manchester) Picture Fully understanding any subject is the key to success in that area. Having gained students at KS4 age that have never been taught the basics of music theory is one of the most challenging aspects I have faced in my teaching so far, as you are caught between wanting to help them understand all...