ABRSM Music Theory in Practice Model Answers


ABRSM Music Theory in Practice Model Answers

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ABRSM Music Theory in Practice Model Answers

ABRSM Music Theory in Practice Model Answers

This series of answer books are for use alongside the workbooks for Music Theory in Practice, Grades 1 to 5. Each book includes correct answers to every question: accepted options, where there can be more than one answer: and model answers for composition-style questions.

ABRSM is the UK’s largest music education body, one of its largest music publishers and the world’s leading provider of music exams, offering assessments to more than 630,000 candidates in 93 countries every year.  They offer pathways and resources for learners and teachers that help build musical skills, provide goals and also encourage progress.

As instrumental skills progress, development in music theory and musicianship becomes increasingly important in helping students to perform with sensitivity, understanding and confidence.

ABRSM’s Music Theory exams aim to give students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes and going on to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period.

Each Music Theory paper is marked out of a total of 100, with 66 marks required for a Pass, 80 for a Merit and 90 for a Distinction.

The main changes are:

  • Introducing multiple choice questions for musical terms and signs
  • Updating questions to ensure they are clear and easy to understand. This includes:
  • Reducing the amount of information on the page for time signature questions (Grades 1 to 3)
  • Simplifying the layout of intervals questions (Grades 4 and 5)
  • Simplifying the layout for Grade 5, Question 7 (chords at cadence points), with candidates asked to describe chords only using roman numerals.
  • Removing rhythm-writing, melody-writing and word-setting questions, and the Grade 5 SATB short/open score question
  • Refreshing the design of all exam papers to ensure they are clear and easy to read (Grades 1 to 8)

Same syllabus and standards
The revised exam papers are based on our existing Music Theory syllabus and will continue to assess the same broad areas of music theory to the same standards.

The exams will still cover:
Knowledge of western music notation, including common signs and terms
understanding of fundamental musical elements, such as intervals, keys, scales and chords

However, from 2018, papers will not include rhythm-writing, word-setting, melody-writing or the Grade 5 SATB short/open score question.

Replacement questions
We are introducing a small number of additional questions to replace the current rhythm-writing, melody-writing and word-setting questions.

The replacement questions are based on existing question types which focus on specific areas of theory knowledge. They are similar in style and format to questions in the current papers, so will feel familiar to teachers and candidates. Overall there will be far less copying out.

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