Theory of Music Made Easy Series


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Theory of Music Made Easy Series

Theory of Music Made Easy Series

Editor: Lina Ng
Publisher: Rhythm MP

A popular series of graded music theory books divided into short chapters.

Grade 1

This first book presents the rudiments of theory divided into short chapters. There are revision chapters, covering two topics at one time, interspersed with cheerful illustrations, making learning more fun.


Time Values (Semibreve, Minim, Crotchet, Quaver)
Time Signatures (2/4, 3/4, 4/4)
Notes On The Stave (Treble And Bass)
Dotted Notes
Accidentals (sharp, flat, natural)
Semitones and Tones
Key Signatures (F Sharp, C Sharp, C Sharp, B Flat)
Scales (C, G, D And F)
Major Intervals (2nd To Octave)
Tonic Triads
Rhythm Writing (Two-Bar Rhythm)
Performance Directions (Terms And Signs)
General Exercises
Know Your Italian Terms (Game)
Crossword Puzzle.

Grade 2

Theory of Music Made Easy Grade 2 by Lina Ng builds upon what has previously been learned from the series and tackles new topics such as ledger lines and Italian terms, triplets and note groupings. This book is in the same format as Theory of Music Made Easy Grade 1, with lots of familiar animated friends and some new ones too. Each topic has a number of exercises to consolidate what has been taught and puzzles and games are interspersed throughout to aid memory. Every fourth chapter is a revision session to ensure that information has been absorbed.

Ledger Lines
Time Signatures (2/2, 3/2, 4/2, 3/8)
The Major Keys (A, B flat, E flat)
The Minor Keys (A, E, D)
Grouping Notes and Rests
Intervals (2nd to Octave)
Rhythm Writing (Four-bar Rhythm)
Performance Directions
General Exercises
Know Your Italian Terms
Revision Exercises.

Grade 3

Having covered basic theory in the first two volumes, the third tackles more complex issues such as chord structures and compound time, chapters that act as a revision for work from earlier grades, as well as the topics required to sit the ABRSM Grade 3 Theory Exam.

Major Keys With Four Sharps Or Flats
Tonic Triads
Beyond 2 Ledger Lines
Compound Time (6/8, 9/8, 12/8)
Rules of Compound Time
Minor Keys with Four Sharps Or Flats
Grouping Notes And Rests In Compound Time
Scales And Key Signature (Revision)
Four-Bar Rhythm; Intervals
Simple Phrase Structure;
Performance Directions
General Exercises

Grade 4

Students are introduced to the alto clef, double sharps and double flats, more complex key signatures and ornamentation. Topics covered take students up to the ABRSM Grade 4 exam.

Time Signatures
Alto Clef
Double Sharps And Double Flats
Breves, Double Dots And Duplets
Keys With Five Sharps Or Flats
Technical Names Of Notes in Diatonic Scales
Revision Exercises
Four-Bar Rhythms
Triads And Chords On I, IV and V
Writing A Rhythm To Given Words
Chromatic Scale
Orchestral Instruments
Performance Directions
General Exercises.

Grade 5

This volume will take students through the topics required for the ABRSM Grade 5 exam, building upon the information covered in the preceding books by tackling subjects in an organised and logical way. It introduces the subjects of Transposition, irregular time signatures, chord sequences and cadences.

Irregular Time Signatures
Tenor Clef
Keys With Six Sharps or Flats
Voices in Score (SATB)
More Irregular Time Divisions
Interval Compounds
Naming Chords (I, II, III, IV, V/abc
Composing A Melody
Chords At Cadential Points
Performance Directions
Reiterations And Repeats
Orchestral Instruments
General Exercises

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