Theory Work Books
Posted 22 January 2018 - 18:13
I’m looking at studying the OU course A224 - inside music in October, later this year. And as a prerequisite suggests Grade 3 theory knowledge required. I studied, and passed, grade 5 several years ago. I understand that the course is the equivalent of grade 6 theory. What I would like to know, is what workbooks would be recommended to prepare me for the course? So anything from grade 3 - 6 would be great
Many thanks in advance
Posted 22 January 2018 - 22:14
The G6 Theory workbook looks good, just got it myself on ebay! By Anna Butterworth et.al.
Ms Butterworth also wrote "Harmony in Practice", v good.
Posted 22 January 2018 - 23:24
Posted 23 January 2018 - 09:02
Is there a difference between the work books and the music theory in practice books?
The workbooks are centered on how to answer the questions in the high grade theory papers and are generally much clearer. However, I agree with BadStrad - all you need will be provided by the course and by an understanding of notation up to Grade 3 Theory level. I don't think you would find the higher grade theory exam materials particularly helpful for the OU course. They are all designed to support the particular approach to music theory taken by the ABRSM in those higher grades, which is more than a little eccentric in places.
Posted 23 January 2018 - 12:06
Posted 23 January 2018 - 18:03
I just wondered if there was anything I could work through to help me before October. Just seems a while away, and I’d hope to practice something
You would probably find it useful to practise score-reading - try downloading from IMSLP a score of something slow (say, the aria from the Bach Orchestral Suite in D) and follow it while listening to a Youtube recording. Once confident, try one of the faster movements. Also, if (as I think) the OU course stll includes song-writing, try your hand at writing something simple - say, just a vocal line of a couple of phrases with some basic chords (I, ii and V).
Posted 23 January 2018 - 18:35
Maybe revise any grade 1-5 theory if you are not able to consistently socre close to full marks on a grade 5 paper?
I know it says a minimum of grade 3 but if you have a thorough understanding to grade 5 it can only help.
Posted 24 January 2018 - 19:03
Learn a music software package, Free Musescore seems popular. Assume you have a computer?
The OU course teaches Sibelius of course but you would have to pay for the Student edition until you have enrolled.
Posted 24 January 2018 - 20:02
I have Musescore, and have used it a little in the past. I will have a practice sometime!
Thanks for the suggestions everyone, they’re much appreciated
Posted 25 January 2018 - 07:17
I was contemplating getting some Grade 1-5 theory stuff, I just wondered whether to get past papers or the workbooks.
The theory workbooks are only for Grades 6, 7 and 8.