Music Theory

Kay Risley ABSM MISM Music Theory Lessons

I won a scholarship to study flute and piano at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in the UK.

Whilst there I got baptised as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses and I left to start regular pioneering. I am still a regular pioneer 40 years later!  I have pioneered where the need is great in Italy, Ecuador and the Dominican Republic where I supported myself playing in a professional National Symphony Orchestra as 1st flute.

I am available to teach music theory.

Course description:

Grades 1-8 ABRSM Music Theory exams.

For pleasure, or these grades can be taken as online exams worldwide giving you access to the higher practical grades.

Grade 1

  • Basics of notation in treble and bass clef
  • Some simple time signatures
  • Some major keys and scales
  • Terms and signs

Grade 2

  • More basics of notation including triplets and triplet notes groups
  • Grouping of notes and rests
  • More simple time signatures
  • Extension of the stave up to two leger lines
  • Some relative major and minor keys
  • More terms and signs

Grades 3

  • Compound time signatures and the grouping of notes and rests
  • The demisemiquaver (32nd note) and its equivalent rest
  • Extension of the stave up to three ledge lines
  • Transposition at the octave between treble and bass clefs
  • Scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including four sharps and flats, in both forms of minor scales
  • Naming of intervals including type and number
  • Further terms and signs

Grades 4

  • All simple and compound time signatures and the grouping of rests and notes
  • The breve and its equivalent rest, double dotted notes/rests and duplets
  • The alto C clef and its transposition between clefs
  • Enharmonic equivalents, double sharp and flat signs
  • Scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including five sharps and flats, and the construction of the chromatic scale
  • Technical names (tonic, supertonic etc,)
  • Intervals between any two diatonic notes
  • Triads and chords in root position
  • More terms and signs including some French terms

Grades 5

  • Irregular time signatures and the grouping of notes and rests
  • The tenor C clef
  • Transposition at the octave between clefs and transposition to concert pitch of instruments in Bb, A or F
  • Scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including six sharps and flats
  • All diatonic and chromatic intervals, and compound intervals
  • Root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion forms of the tonic, supertonic, subdominant and dominant chords in any of the keys set for the grade
  • Identification of perfect, imperfect and plagal cadences
  • More terms and signs including Germans terms

Grade 6

  • Increased harmonic vocabulary & modulation
  • Four-part writing / keyboard style & figured bass
  • Completion of a melody using a given opening
  • Score reading and music in context

Grade 7

  • Increased harmonic vocabulary & modulation
  • Four-part writing / keyboard style & figured bass
  • Writing melody above a piano accompaniment or completion of a melody using a given opening
  • Score reading and music in context

Grade 8

  • Increased harmonic vocabulary & modulation
  • Completion of an outline from a trio sonata and a piano piece
  • Completion of a melody using a given opening
  • Score reading and music in context

Payment can be made through my website by credit card or PayPal. 

I invoice at the beginning of each month for the entire month. If you have to miss a lesson I will send you a recorded lesson or you can choose to have lessons on a casual basis in any available free slots.

I teach Monday, Tuesday and Friday from 3-9 pm GMT.

My rates are £27.00 or $32.50 for 30 minutes.

Cheaper prices are available on request for group or shared lessons.

 

Contact Info

Kay@keyswithkay.co.uk

Payment Methods

Credit/debit card/PayPal

 

 

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From beginners to aspiring professionals. For private or group. For fun or to include all grades 1-8 and diplomas of ABRSM, Trinity and AMEB. All ages, all abilities welcome.

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