A Complete Guide To Grade 5 Music Theory

Are you or your child preparing for the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam? Do you want to build a strong foundation in music theory? Look no further! The Complete Guide to Grade 5 Music Theory is here to help you achieve success.


What This Book Covers

Chapter 1

Irregular Time Signatures

Building upon your previous knowledge of time signatures, this chapter explores irregular time signatures.

You'll dive into the intricacies of 5/8, 5/4, 7/8, and 7/4 time signatures, expanding your ability to understand how these time signatures work.

Chapter 2

The Tenor Clef

This chapter introduces the tenor clef and its application in music notation.

You'll learn about notes in the tenor clef, tenor clef key signatures, and address common questions that arise when working with this clef.

Chapter 3

Keys with Up to Six Sharps or Flats

Continuing your exploration of key signatures, this chapter covers keys with up to six sharps or flats.

You'll explore the F# Major scale and its relative minor, D# Minor, as well as the Gb Major scale and its relative minor, Eb Minor.

Chapter 4


Understanding the concept of transposition is the focus of this chapter.

You'll explore how to transpose music from one key to another and the techniques to do it correctly.

Chapter 5

Irregular Time Divisions

Delving into advanced rhythmic elements, this chapter explores irregular time divisions.

You'll study quintuplets, sextuplets, septuplets, and nonuplets, and what you should play if you see these in a score.

Chapter 6


This chapter provides a comprehensive study of intervals, including compound intervals.

You'll delve into larger intervals like 9ths, 10ths, 11ths, 12ths, 13ths, 14ths, and 15ths, as well as learn how to transpose intervals with accidentals.

Chapter 7


Exploring more advanced chord structures, this chapter covers the supertonic triad and chord inversions.

You'll learn about naming chord inversions with numbers and how to apply these concepts in harmony.

Chapter 8


This chapter focuses on cadences, an essential part of harmony in music.

You'll explore authentic cadences, plagal cadences, and half cadences, gaining a deeper understanding of their role in musical phrases.

Chapter 9


Building upon your previous knowledge of ornaments, this chapter explores mordents and turns with accidentals.

You'll learn how to apply these embellishments with accidentals and what you should play if you see them in a score.

Chapter 10

Performance Directions

Rounding off the guide, this chapter delves into performance directions.

You'll learn all the new Italian and German terms that guide musicians in interpreting dynamics, tempo, and expression.

American And British Terminology

In this download, you get two copies, one with British terms like crotchets and semitones, and another with US terminology like quarter notes and half steps.

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About The Author

Hey, I'm Dan Farrant, the founder of MusicTheoryUniversity.com. I've been teaching music theory for over 15 years now. In that time, I've helped over hundreds of thousands of students navigate the intricacies of this music theory.

I studied my undergraduate at the prestigious Royal Academy of Music. Now, I run this website as well as performing, and teaching all over the world.

From teaching so many students, I've noticed that students face the same challenges when it comes to music theory. So, I've carefully put together this guide to address these challenges, providing a comprehensive resource that guides students through the essential concepts and techniques necessary to succeed in the ABRSM Grade 5 theory exam.

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