What You Will Learn
Become fluent in the fundamentals of music theory with the Grade 2 Music Theory course.
It's our belief that every musician needs to have the theory knowledge that supports their playing, singing, or composing skills. Designed to follow on directly from our Grade 1 Music Theory course, this course features clear explanations of music notation, many worked examples and practice exercises, definitions of important words and concepts, specimen questions and many helpful tips for students. As well as being suitable for candidates preparing for ABRSM music theory exams, this course also provides an excellent resource for anyone wishing to develop general music literacy skills. During the Grade 2 Music Theory course we'll cover...
- Clef and Rhythm Conversion - How do you convert rhythms from one time signature to another? How do you rewrite music in a different clef? What is a duple, triple and quadruple metre?
- Major and Minor Keys - How do minor keys work? What is the difference between melodic and harmonic minor scales? What is the relationship between major and minor keys?
- Triplets - What is a triplet? How do you write a triplet? How do you count and play a triplet?
- Ledger Lines - What are ledger lines? How do you write notes outside the stave? Where are these notes on the keyboard?
- Beaming and Grouping - What are the rules for grouping notes? How do you beam notes with the stems going in different directions? Which rests are the correct ones to use?
This is the best resource I've found for music theory information and Gareth is an incredible teacher.
Who Is This Course For?
All keen music students, performers and examination candidates.
Can you think of any other human endeavour where not knowing what you're doing is considered a positive? Understanding music theory is of great importance to all musicians. Music is a universal language and knowing how it all works is the key to improving. Our music theory courses cover all the essential elements of music from the ground up and are ideal for students preparing for examinations, as well as an excellent resource for anyone learning to read music. This course follows on from our Grade 1 Music Theory course.
Do any of these sound familiar?
"I wish I could sight read more accurately and fluently..." "When I see music written down there are too many things I don’t understand..." "My teacher doesn’t have enough time in lessons to teach me theory…" "I’ve read books on music theory but don’t understand them..." "I want music theory to be exciting…"
Mind blowing, you're such a wonderful teacher!
By the end of the Grade 2 Music Theory course you'll be able to…
Understand time signatures with 2, 4 or 8 as the lower number
Quickly convert rhythms from one time signature to another
Beam notes in all time signatures for the grade
Recognise the difference between major and minor keys and the different scale variants
Accurately read, count and play triplet rhythms
Easily convert music from one clef to another
Although as a child I learnt the piano I did not get taught theory. Thank you for making this so exciting and my 79+ year old brain work better. Thank you for this exciting journey.
What's Included with the Grade 2 Music Theory Course?
You'll receive expert tuition, making it easy to follow, digest and internalise all the important concepts of music theory.
The course contains a complete set of sample questions for you to test your knowledge after working through the teaching material.
Below each video you are able to post comments and ask questions should you have any in regards to the course topics covered.
Easy to Follow Structure
The course is divided into multiple stages, breaking down each part separately before putting in all together.
Complete at Your Own Pace
You can easily fit the course around your regular commitments, completing it at your own pace and in your own time.
Your course never expires. Learn when and where you choose! Computer or mobile. Just get comfortable and dive in!
Hi, I’m Gareth and I'm passionate about developing ‘the all round musician’.
Nearly 35 years of music examining with ABRSM, work with the BBC on Radio and TV, experience on the international concert platform, as a published composer and arranger, have brought rich resources to the 40 years of teaching in which I've engaged.
Scholarships at The Royal College of Music, Oxford University and St. Paul’s Cathedral gave me fantastic opportunities to learn from the best musicians, scholars and teachers. Working as Director of Music at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School then provided a wonderful opportunity to develop my teaching skills.
Teaching individuals and groups of all ages, and at all stages of development have refined a teaching approach that I hope is fun and engaging, and focused on explaining things clearly and logically. And that is what these courses are all about - understanding the basic principles with clarity, then going deeper, applying them to your musical life and liberating yourself as a musician.
It’s a rich and amazing journey, and I can’t wait for you to join me today!
StartLesson 1 - Ledger Lines & Clef Conversion (15:14)
StartLesson 2 - Time Signatures & Conversion (22:16)
PreviewLesson 3 - Major Keys (23:32)
StartLesson 4 - Minor Keys (33:11)
StartLesson 5 - Triplets (10:07)
StartLesson 6 - Beaming (17:33)
StartLesson 7 - Intervals (5:07)
StartLesson 8 - Writing an Answering Rhythm (25:42)
Frequently Asked Questions
A Letter from Gareth Green
MA (Oxon), MA (Leeds), FRCO(CHM), FLCM, ARCM
Many students of music want or need to pass music theory exams and this course is very focused on enabling you to achieve that.
At the same time, theory is about much more than passing exams. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to get inside the mind of a composer? Think of a piece that you’re working on or listening to at the moment. What inspired the composer to write it? When did the composer live and what are the features of musical style at that time? Then what did the composer need to think about in order to compose the piece?
Theory explores the ingredients that bring music to life and, contrary to the idea held by some that theory kills creativity, it’s theory that enables musicians to make sense of their musical ideas.
If we go back in time music was in the world well before anyone dreamt up music theory. So do we really need theory? After all, we can all enjoy music without needing to understand the nuts and bolts. Some musicians have the ability to perform and improvise without completely understanding the theory behind what they are doing. I can manage a few words and phrases in Italian but because I understand more grammar and vocabulary in French I get on much more successfully in French than I do in Italian. Because I understand even more grammar and vocabulary in my native tongue I get on considerably better in English than I do in French. The more we understand of a language, the more fluent we become, and music is often described as a language.
The interesting thing is that music theory was taken very seriously as far back as the time of the Ancient Greeks, who were keen to explain how music worked and to establish why certain approaches were more successful than others. Ever since, theory has continuously evolved to keep pace with explaining musical development.
Having taught music for over 40 years, my experience is that the more students understand theory, the more they understand and appreciate the music they perform, and the more excited, creative and engaged they become.
Don’t learn theory for the sake of learning theory. Engage with music as a listener, a performer, and/ or as a composer then grasp the theory that will equip you to reach your full potential as a musician. That’s what makes music theory so exciting! Enjoy!
— Gareth Green, Music Matters