Grade 1 Music Theory (ABRSM)

Grade 1 Music Theory

ABRSM Syllabus

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About this course

This course provides all the knowledge that you need to undertake the ABRSM Grade 1 Music Theory examination.

It can also be taken simply as an introduction to music theory or as a step towards the higher grades in music theory.

The course is taught over 9 lessons, 7 of which are recorded video and 2 are live one to one lessons where you can ask questions and take a look at an examination paper if you wish.

Each video lesson includes a lesson summary help sheet to download which contains all the information covered in the videos.

Topics covered include:

- Note values and rest values

- Bar lines and time signatures

- The treble and bass clefs

- Using dotted notes and ties

- Tones and semitones

- How to form a major scale

- The scales and key signatures of C, G, D and F major

- Degrees of the scale and intervals

- Tonic triads


Disclaimer: This course is not written, owned or endorsed by ABRSM. 

Course content

Section 1

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Lesson 3

Lesson 4

Lesson 5

Section 2

Lesson 6

Lesson 7

Lesson 8

Lesson 9

Why choose this course?

This simple and concise course covers only what you need to know for Grade 1, delivered in a friendly and accessible way

Video and Live Lessons combined

This may be the only online music theory course to offer both video and live lessons where you can ask questions and check what you know

Hints and Tips

Gain insider knowledge from a theory examiner with over 10 years experience of teaching theory to all ages and abilities

Extra resources

Links and references to recommended textbooks are provided throughout the course, as well as online links to extra exercises and information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many live lessons are included in the course and how long are they?

There are 2 live lessons, each one lasting 30 minutes. If you wish to have extra live lessons these can be purchased seperately.

Does the course cover all the knowledge needed for the Grade 1 examination?

Yes, everything you need to know is included in the course

Can I complete the course at my own pace?

Yes, you can watch each video lesson as many times as you like and move on to the next lesson when you are ready. The live lessons can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for you and you will have lifetime access to the course once purchased.

Is the course suitable for any age?

Yes, children and adults are welcome to take the course. If adults wish to be present with a child learner during the live sessions that is not a problem. Claire is registered as having a full DBS check and details are available on request..

Do I need any other materials to complete the course?

Apart from a pencil, no! You may wish to combine working through the course with extra printed materials to aid your learning. Links and references to recommended textbooks are provided throughout the course, as well as online links to extra exercises and information.

How long does each video lesson last?

Each video is around 10 minutes long, some are slightly longer or shorter.

I've done a little music theory before. Which course is right for me?

If you are unsure of your current level of knowledge, then feel free to contact Claire via the ask a question link above

Meet the expert

Claire Holdich

Claire graduated from the University of Hull with a first class degree in Music in 2004, and was also awarded the Departmental Prize for outstanding musical achievement. In 2005, Claire gained the Associated Board diploma in singing. Claire teaches singing, flute and music theory at Hull Collegiate School, Wyke College, and for the Yorkshire Young Musicians project which offers advanced training for talented musicians across the Yorkshire and Humber region. She is proud to have gained distinction levels in Associated Board examinations with singing pupils at every grade, and has former pupils who have since gone on to perform in the West End and to further study at, amoungst others, the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts, Tech Music School London, and Cambridge University with a choral scholarship. Claire is also a theory examiner for Trinity College, London and accompanist and assistant director for the Village Voices choir based in Skirlaugh. As a performer, Claire has sung as a concert soloist with choirs such as Hull Bach Choir, Hull Male Voice Choir and the Arterian Singers. She was a founder member of Invitatione who regularly perform orchestral and choral works in and around the region and is a member of both the newly founded Culture:Voce choir and Culture:Orchestra where she has been appointed to role of 2nd flute. For the past two years, Claire has focused on exploring contemporary flute techniques and repertoire and has attended classes and workshops with leading flautists in this field including Ian Clarke, Wissam Boustany and Jessica Quiñones. As a soloist, she enjoys introducing audiences to flute sounds which they may not have thought possible, including the ability to mix vocals and percussive sounds with traditional playing. Claire is a full member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and is registered with a full DBS safeguarding check

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