Learning Music Theory Online: Grade 3
Level 0 (CQFW Level 3), 10 Credits.
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This module is for students who wish to understand the theory of music to Grade 3 standard. Building on pre-existing knowledge to grade 2 standard (but making recap materials available for students who wish to refresh themselves first), the module allows students to explore concepts such as simple transposition, compound time, major and minor keys and simple phrase structure using online resources such as web pages, quizzes, videos and forum discussions. At the end of the course, students who complete all of the work will be able, should they wish, to enter themselves for an Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) grade 3 theory exam in addition to the module credit they would receive for passing this course.
Topics covered in course (in addition to grade 1 and 2 content):
- Major and minor keys up to four sharps and flats
- Beyond two ledger lines
- Compound time
- Grouping notes and rests in compound time
- Four bar rhythms
- Simple phrase structure
- Performance directions
Who is this course for?
This course is intended for anyone interested in learning music theory and are curious to know more about how music notation works, building on previous skills gained in parts I and II if applicable. You will develop your understanding of music notation as well as how western music is constructed (through tones and semitones, scales and so on). You will also develop skills in writing down rhythmic ideas that you have composed. Through the use of discussion, you will bring questions related to your own musical experiences and how they connect with the theoretical concepts, and you will broaden your understanding through engaging with these questions.
Learning and Teaching
The module will be delivered entirely online, using Learning Central. Resources will include pages dealing with each concept, interactive quizzes and short video packages. You will be able to engage with the tutor and your fellow students via discussion boards. The content will adhere quite closely to the ABRSM theory syllabus, to allow you to prepare for taking an ABRSM theory exam in future if you wish.
There will be two forms of assessment:
1. Interactive online quizzes (40%) – a number of interactive quizzes to allow you to gauge your understanding of the concepts covered during the course. A number of these can be offered, and you can opt to complete some or all of them, subject to a minimum number.
2. Mock question paper (60%) – designed to mimic an ABRSM exam paper, this allows you to gain experience of taking a theory exam. You can opt to do it in small sections, or complete it under exam conditions. Completed papers to be scanned and posted to Learning Central.
- Eric Taylor, Music Theory in Practice, Grade 3 (ABRSM Publishing)
- Eric Taylor, The AB Guide to Music Theory (ABRSM Publishing)
- Eric Taylor, First Steps in Music Theory (ABRSM Publishing)
Various website pages on Learning Central module
Various video packages posted on Learning Central module
Library and Computing Facilities
As a student on this course you are entitled to join and use the University library and computing facilities. You can find out more about these facilities on our website www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn under Student Information, or by ringing the Centre on
(029) 2087 0000.
Accessibility of Courses
Our aim is access for all. We aim to provide a confidential advice and support service for any student with a long term medical condition, disability or specific learning difficulty. We are able to offer one-to-one advice about disability, pre-enrolment visits, liaison with tutors and co-ordinating lecturers, material in alternative formats, arrangements for accessible courses, assessment arrangements, loan equipment and Dyslexia screening. Please contact the Centre on (029) 2087 0000 for an information leaflet.
A range of further information can be found on our web site www.cardiff.ac.uk/learn or in Choices. This includes the times and dates of courses and an explanation of accreditation and credit levels.