Ace your Grade 5 Music Theory Exam in under 5 hours

Much is said about ABRSM Grade 5 music theory. How hard and scary it is, how long the exam takes, how confusing is this and that…All rumors and insecurities that have converted Grade 5 music theory into a drama for most music students.

More than 22,000 candidates take this theory exam every year. Is it really a drama? No, it is definitely not. You just need to combine wisely these 3 elements: the right time to do it, the right materials to learn from and the right person to explain them. Easy.

Beat Grade 5 in less than 5 hours!


Grade 5 Music Theory

Grade 5 music theory is required to progress to higher levels on the ABRSM syllabus. But it is not compulsory on previous grades, what leads you to be lost when you open your Grade 5 music theory book for the first time ever. It is an ABRSM curriculum controversy we teachers need to roll up our sleeves and get to work on.

The right time to do your Grade 5 music theory is together with your Grade 5 practical preparation. However, you would need a strong background and foundation in your instrument to be able to follow the classes with ease. Being familiar with previous grades’ contents will massively help you succeed in your Grade 5 music theory exam.

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Animated video lessons

Unlike others, our lectures provide digestible animated tutorials for children and adults alike.

Lessons are taken in the same fashion as tutors would in a normal school setting but in a modern virtual space.

Students are presented with quizzes at the end of each module to reinforce what they’ve learned.

Grade 5 Music Theory Guide

The grade 5 music theory guide serves as a tuition book that supports students in their learning of music theory.  Structured according to the video lessons, the guide is used to follow along.

Available as a digital eBook and as a paperback book, it gives students a clear roadmap of the course at all times.

Use the book to aid yourself in the future, work on the material at your own pace or annotate as you watch.

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Immediate Feedback

All the fun in learning music theory begins when the principles have been learnt.

With every module completion, the students’ knowledge is tested with updated music theory quizzes. 

While feedback is provided in a split second, there is a message box for students to submit their questions to the instructor.

From zero to Grade 5 in less than 5 hours

Why this is the only music theory course you need

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Abreast of Grade 5 Syllabus

Our teachers stay on the cutting edge of ABRSM and Trinity College news, making sure that the curriculum follows the syllabus requirements at all times.

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Beat the new online format!

Paper music theory tests are not a thing anymore! Interactive online exams are the wave of the future in music theory. We are dedicated to make students overcome their fears of the new online exams format.

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Lifetime Access

Music theory is the key to unlocking the mysteries of music. If you’re serious about it, having lifetime access is the way to go! Get periodic updates on the lessons and gain unlimited access to the resources to proceed at your own pace.

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Advantages of this Grade 5 Course

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What’s Included?


Who is the Grade 5 music theory course for?

ABRSM Students

It is compulsory to pass in Grade 5 music theory to continue with further practical exams. All pupils getting ready for their Grade 5 or 6 instrumental exams are encouraged to join us.

An intensive online music theory course to revise all Grade 5 music theory concepts will make your answers more accurate and boost your confidence.


Eager pupils like you!

Learning Grade 5 music theory is the best opportunity to revolutionise your music making. If you are missing information to understand deeply your pieces or are confused about conflicting data in your head, you are amongst the participants who will enjoy this course!

The lessons are aimed at students who wish to improve their theory knowledge and enhance their appreciation and understanding of music.

Why do I need the Grade 5?

The main reason is because Grade 5 music theory is a prerequisite to upgrade to further levels in your instrument. Sooner or later… you will have to face it!

Taking the Grade 5 music theory course now will save you so much time in your future one-to-one lessons that you could use to master other challenges in your instrument.

Enjoy a different activity and make the most of your free time!

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Why is Music Theory so Important?

Music theory is the secret to an outstanding performance. It provides musicians with the tools they need to learn, compose and enjoy their repertoire.

It’s a language on its own which allows performers to translate the elements of music and communicate them through sounds.

Thanks to it, interprets, composers and melomaniacs of all levels understand music meaningfully.

What level is Grade 5 Music Theory?

Similar to the instrumental syllabuses, ABRSM divides its music theory curriculum into 8 levels, called grades.

Grade 5 is the highest intermediate level, which opens the door to the advanced courses from Grade 6 onwards.

A favorable result in a Grade 5 music theory test is the green light for all pupils to thrive in any further musical studies. 

Benefits of Learning Music Theory

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Be fully aware of the composer’s intentions

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Master Grade 5 Music Theory Online

Grade 5 Music Theory Contents

This music theory online course will follow the syllabus of ABRSM Grade 5 music theory. ABRSM stands for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. It is the most popular examination board in the UK and its qualification is recognized in many countries internationally. Their assessments are available in 8 grades for both, music theory and performance.

Grade 5 is an intermediate but decisive level. A pass is needed at this step to continue with higher grades and guarantee that candidates have competent music literacy skills. Graded music theory and instrumental exams can be taken by any music student. They are currently available all over the world on their online versions.

There are no restrictions to apply for these tests, with even adapted requirements for physically impaired pupils. Any learner not afraid of this intermediate level is welcome to join!


♦ The Music Stave
♦ The Grand Stave
♦ Parts of a Note
♦ Writing Notes


♦ The Treble Clef
♦ The Bass Clef
♦ The Alto Clef
♦ The Tenor Clef
♦ Clefs Comparison Chart
♦ Writing changes of clefs
♦ Pitch
♦ Ledger Lines

Time Values

♦ Note Values
♦ Rest Values
♦ Music Note Tree
♦ Dotted Values
♦ Dotted rests values
♦ Bars and bar lines
♦ Ties and slurs

Time Signatures

♦ Simple Time
♦ Compound Time
♦ Triplets
♦ Duplets
♦ Time signatures accentuation
♦ Changes of time signatures
♦ Confusing time signatures
♦ Rewriting music in a new time signature
♦ Irregular time signatures: 5/4, 5/8, 7/4 and 7/8
♦ Irregular time divisions 


♦ Beaming foundation
♦ Time signatures with a crotchet beat
♦ Time signatures with a minim beat
♦ Time signatures with a quaver beat
♦ Grouping Rests – General rules
♦ Grouping in Compound Time
♦ Grouping in irregular time signatures


♦ Writing an accidental
♦ Cancelling an accidental
♦ Double sharps and double flats
♦ Cautionary accidentals

Key and Key Signatures

♦ Major and minor modes
♦ Grade 5 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
♦ Degrees
♦ Minor scales
♦ Chromatic Scales
♦ Pentatonic major scales


♦ Harmonic and Melodic
♦ Measuring Intervals by number
♦ Measuring intervals by quality
♦ Chromatic Intervals
♦ Compound Intervals
♦ Inverting Intervals
♦ Grade 5 Intervals


♦ Tonic Triad
♦ Chord inversions
♦ Labelling Inversions
♦ Supertonic triads
♦ Subdominant triads
♦ Dominant triads
♦ Dominant Seventh Chords
♦ Chord progressions
♦ 4 Part Chords and choir music
♦ Cadences

Musical Analysis

♦ Simple phrase structure
♦ Similar and contrary motion
♦ Form
♦ Modulation


♦ Sequences


♦ Transposing to the octave
♦ Transposing to the second
♦ Transposing to the third
♦ Transposing to the fourth or fifth
♦ Transposing to the sixth or seventh
♦ Transposing instruments chart


♦ Writing a bass line
♦ Writing a tune
♦ Writing chords
♦ Writing a rhythm to words
♦ Writing a melody to words


♦ The Trill
♦ The Turn
♦ The Mordent
♦ The Acciaccatura
♦ The Appoggiatura


♦ Strings
♦ Woodwind
♦ Brass
♦ Percussion
♦ Voices

Performance Directions

♦ Dynamics
♦ Tempo 
♦ Articulation 
♦ Repeat Marks
♦ Expression Terms 
♦ Other signs and terms

Get to know your Teachers

We’ve put together this online course with a lot of care to make sure our students have everything they need to succeed in their music theory studies.

We’re excited to let you know that both of us have earned degrees – a Master’s, Postgraduate Diploma, and Bachelor’s – from prestigious institutions such as the Royal College of Music or Trinity Laban Conservatoire. And, you guessed it, our top-notch grades are all thanks to the enchantment of music theory!


Do I need to pass Grade 5 music theory to do Grade 6+ performance exams?

Yes, you do have to pass Grade 5 music theory first. According to ABRSM, succeeding Grade 5 music theory is required to progress to Grade 6, 7 or 8 performance assessments. But don’t worry you are not alone! All ABRSM candidates of any instrument, voice, composition or jazz will have to do it too. Whether amateur or professional, Grade 5 music theory is one of the key steps in a musician’s training and it would mark a milestone in your education.

Do you need Grade 5 music theory for Grade 5 instrumental exams?

No, you do not need any theory exam to enter for Grade 5 performance exams in any instrument. It is only mandatory for Grade 6 onwards practical tests.

Is there any age restriction?

There is not an age restriction to sign-up for this music theory course however, Grade 5 is not a beginners level. The recommended age for these lessons starts from the teens. Young children might consider lower levels such as our Grade 1 Music Theory Course or one-to-one piano lessons

What's my theory level?

Take this Grade 4 mock exam to check your current knowledge.

The Academy prides in offering one-to-one sessions. Please register here for further information, or email the school.

Can I study by myself?

The Grade 5 textbook is a helpful resource for those eager to advance their knowledge of music theory. By viewing our premium videos along, students will become familiar with the topics and avoid the most common mistakes in the exam.

The course also provides a great chance to get used to the new online format as written exams are no longer offered.

Can I ask questions?

Once in the learning mode, you can enter any questions you have in the comments box. Our teachers will be happy to help!

Are the quizzes mandatory?

They are not, but if you’re looking for a way to keep your mind sharp, don’t forget to take some grade 5 quizzes!

How do I access the video tutorials?

Click Enroll Course to place an order. Then, you will be asked to create an account, enter an email address and set up a new password. After completing the purchase, go to our website’s menu tab, click on ”My Account”, and then type your credentials to log in.

Should I have the Textbook as well?

With a course blueprint at your fingertips, you can follow the lessons along the tutorials more effectively. Available as a digital PDF as well as a paperback book, The Grade 5 music theory book also allows access to all quizzes by QR scanning.

Seeking personalized music theory instead?

Send us an email to arrange individual lessons

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Test your music theory

Unsure about your current music theory level? Take this free quiz before deciding which course to enroll.

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Mandatory exam

Students are required to pass a Grade 5 Music Theory Exam in order to continue with Grades 6+. Apply at the ABRSM or Trinity College websites.


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