Have fun outplaying your Grade 4 Music Theory Exam while developing your awareness of Music Theory in under 4 hours.  

The Grade 4 Music Theory Course focuses on developing music literacy without leaving anyone behind. The friendly lesson plans create an accesible learning journey to students.

We have beginners’ minds at heart, so no prior knowledge is needed to follow along.

Dive in and discover all the powerful insights about Grade 4 music theory we offer.

Conquer Grade 4 in less than 4 hours!


This self-paced online course has been designed for busy students who want to build a solid understanding of music theory.

The contents are based on the latest ABRSM and Trinity College syllabus and comprises 70+ tutorial videos, an auxiliary book and lots of self-graded quizzes.

Let our musical expertise guide you through the labyrinth of Grade 4 music theory and help you avoid the common blunders on the exam’s day.

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Accesible video lessons

The main reason why our courses are different from others is because our lectures are animated tutorials. Lessons are taught in the same way tutors usually do in a school environment, but changed from the old classroom to a modern virtual space

After each module, students may put the contents learn into practice with up-to-date music theory quizzes.

The Book for Grade 4 Music Theory

The grade 3 music theory book serves as an accompanying tuition book that supports students in their learning of music theory. Organized according to the video lectures, it makes it easy to follow along.

It can be downloaded as an eBook, or purchased in a printed paperback form, allowing students to annotate as they watch.

Benefit from working through the material at your own pace or use the book as a reference later on.

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Assessments on the spot

All the fun in learning music theory comes after mastering the rules themselves.

After a module completion, the students’ knowledge is assessed with self-grading quizzes updated to latest model answers. Instant feedback is provided in the blink of an eye.

There is also an area for questions where students can communicate with the teacher and send them their questions.

From zero to Grade 4 in less than 4 hours


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Up-to-date Grade 4 Syllabus

Our teachers remain up-to-date on the latest ABRSM and Trinity College news and revise this course to fall within the current syllabus requirements.

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In paper music theory exams are a thing of the past! As online learning is embraced around the globe, our mission is to equip students with all the neccesary knowledge to master the new online exam format.

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Music theory is essential in the understanding of music as a whole. If you’re passionate about music, a lifetime access to our online resources will allow you to progress at your own pace, unlimited access to the materials and free updates.

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Based in London, ABRSM and Trinity College are two of the largest assessment boards on the planet. These organizations operate many music certificate evaluation centers across the globe.

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♦ The Music Stave
♦ The Grand Stave
♦ Parts of a Note
♦ Writing Notes
◊ Drawing note-heads or semibreves
◊ Drawing stems
◊ Drawing tails


♦ The Treble Clef
♦ The Bass Clef
♦ The Alto Clef
♦ Writing changes of clefs
♦ Pitch
♦ Ledger Lines

Time Values

♦ Note Values
♦ Rest Values
◊ Drawing rests
♦ Music Note Tree
♦ Dotted Values
◊ Drawing Dots
◊ Double dots
♦ Dotted rests values
♦ Triplets
◊ How to write triplets
♦ Duplets
♦ Bars and bar lines
♦ Ties and slurs
◊ Lengthening weak beats
◊ Accidentals on tied notes

Time Signatures

♦ Simple Time
◊ Common time and Alla breve
♦ Compound Time
◊ Time signatures accentuation
♦ Changes of time signatures
♦ Confusing time signatures
◊ 3/4 and 6/8
◊ 6/4 and 12/8
◊ 4/4 and 2/2
◊ 2/4 and 4/8
♦ Rewriting music in a new time signature
◊ From 4/4 to 4/2
◊ From 4/4 to 4/8
◊ From 3/4 to 3/8
◊ From 3/2 to 3/4
◊ From 2/2 to 2/4
◊ Converting simple to compound
◊ Converting compound to simple
♦ Irregular time signatures: 5/4, 5/8 and 7/8


♦ Beaming foundation
◊ Notes with the same number of flags
◊ Notes with different number of flags
◊ Dotted notes
♦ Time signatures with a crotchet beat
◊ Beaming Quavers
◊ Beaming Semiquavers
◊ Beaming Dotted Rhythms
◊ Avoid ties
◊ Syncopation
◊ Rests in 2/4, 3/4, 4/4
♦ Time signatures with a minim beat
◊ Beaming quavers and semiquavers in 2/2, 3/2, 4/2
◊ Rests in 2/2, 3/2, 4/2
◊ Avoid ties
♦ Time signatures with a quaver beat
◊ Beaming quavers and semiquavers in 3/8
◊ Rests in 3/8
♦ Grouping Rests – General rules
◊ Whole Bar Rest
◊ Grouping rests shorter than a beat
♦ Grouping in Compound Time
◊ Grouping quavers
◊ Grouping longer values
◊ Dotted crotchet rests
◊ Quaver rests
◊ Semiquaver rests


♦ Writing an accidental
♦ Cancelling an accidental
♦ Double sharps and Double flats

Key and Key Signatures

♦ Major and minor modes
♦ Grade 4 Key Signatures
♦ Writing Key Signatures
♦ The Circle of Fifths
♦ How to find the Major key of a Key Signature
♦ How to find the key signature of a minor key
♦ How to find the key of a piece


♦ Tones and Semitones
♦ Major Scales
◊ Grade 4 Major scales
◊ Descending Major Scales
♦ Degrees
♦ Minor scales
◊ Grade 4 minor scales
♦ Chromatic Scales


♦ Tonic Triad
♦ Chord inversions
◊ Labelling Inversions of Tonic Triads
♦ Subdominant triads
♦ Dominant triads
◊ Dominant triads in Major Keys
◊ Dominant triads in Minor Keys
♦ Dominant Seventh Chords
◊ Resolution of the dominant seventh
♦ Chord progressions
◊ Harmonic Rhythm
♦ 4 Part Chords
♦ Cadences
◊ Perfect Cadences
◊ Plagal Cadence
♦ Arpeggios
◊ Broken chords


♦ Harmonic and Melodic
♦ Measuring Intervals by number
◊ Intervals and Accidentals
◊ Unison and Octave
♦ Measuring intervals by quality
◊ Major and minor 2nds
◊ Major and minor 3rds
◊ Perfect 4ths
◊ The Tritone: Augmented 4ths and Diminished 5ths
◊ Perfect 5ths
◊ Octaves (8ves)
♦ Compound Intervals
♦ Grade 4 Intervals

Musical Analysis

♦ Simple phrase structure
♦ Similar and contrary motion


♦ Sequences
◊ Real sequences
◊ Tonal sequences


♦ Transposing to the octave
♦ Transposing to the fourth or fifth


♦ Writing a bass line
♦ Writing a tune
◊ Unaccented passing notes
♦ Writing a rhythm to words


♦ The Trill
♦ The Upper Turn
♦ The Upper and lower mordent
♦ The Acciaccatura
♦ The Appoggiatura


♦ Strings
♦ Woodwind
♦ Brass
♦ Percussion
♦ Voices

Performance Directions

♦ Dynamics
♦ Tempo
◊ Tempo Markings
◊ Tempo Changes
◊ Metronome Marks
♦ Articulation
◊ Legato
◊ Staccato
◊ Accent
◊ Tenuto
◊ Sforzando
◊ Marcato
◊ Legato-staccato
◊ Staccatissimo
♦ Repeat Marks
◊ Repeat Signs
◊ First and second time bar
◊ Da Capo al Fine
◊ Dal Segno
♦ Expression Terms
◊ Cantabile
◊ Dolce
◊ Espressivo
◊ Giocoso
◊ Grazioso
◊ Maestoso
♦ Other signs and terms
◊ Octave
◊ Fermata
◊ Bowings
◊ Anacrusis
◊ Terms related to specific instruments
◊ Other terms
◊ Musical Vocabulary

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How do I access the lessons?

Select “Enroll Course” to set up an account along with an order. Enter an email address and choose a new password. After completing the order, go to our website’s menu tab, select ”My Account”, and then input your credentials to log in.

Do I also need the Textbook?

Having a course blueprint at your disposal can enable you to follow the lessons along the videos more efficiently. Available as a digital PDF as well as a paperback book, The Grade 4 music theory book also grants access to all quizzes through QR codes.

Can I self study theory effectively?

The grade 4 textbook is a useful roadmap for those wanting to self study music theory. Watching our premium videos help understand the most common mistakes in order to ace your music theory exam.

Interested in applying for the Grade 4 exam? This course allows students to comfortably adapt to the new online format as paper exams are now gone.

Should I skip the quizzes?

Going through all grade 4 quizzes is the best possible way to get yourself ready for the theory exam.

Will a teacher help me if needed?

Just input your questions in the bottom box of the learning mode and we’ll be glad to assist you.

How do I know my level?

Take this Grade 3 mock exam quiz to see what you already know.

The Academy offers live individual instruction to all ages. Please register here if you would like more information, or contact the school for more details.

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After completing the course, we encourage students to apply for a Grade 4 music theory online exam at the ABRSM or Trinity College London websites.

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