Developing literacy with the tonal language forms a key part of a rounded education
for performers, composers and listeners of all kinds. An understanding of how
written symbols relate to the elements of music, and having the skills to interpret and
translate them into sounds, empowers us to communicate and experience music in
a meaningful way.
A longstanding ABRSM benchmark is that a pass at Grade 5 or above in Music Theory must be obtained before candidates can enter for Grades 6, 7 or 8 Practical exams. We believe that a thorough understanding of the elements of music is essential for a full and satisfying performance at these higher grades.
• a knowledge of the notation of western music, including the signs and terminology
• an understanding of fundamental musical elements such as intervals, keys, scales
• skill in constructing balanced rhythmic patterns or completing given melodic or
• an ability to apply theoretical knowledge and understanding to score analysis.