All-In-One Grades 4 to 5 Music Theory
A fast track from Grade 4 to Grade 5 Music Theory (166 Pages) by Rachel Billings. Contains the same material as grades 4 – 5 of ‘All-On-One to Grade 5’ book, with 113 EXTRA exercises throughout. ENDORSED by Victoria College of Music (All-In-One is “Best Music Theory” in their opinion). Read more here Covers all topics found in the new ABRSM 2018 syllabus, Trinity College London (and forthcoming Victoria College of Music) syllabus, plus more besides.
(All-In-One Series) (Paperback)
All-In-One Grades 4 to 5 music theory is a concise, yet fully comprehensive, step-by-step explanation of music theory from Grades 4 to to Grade 5 for both Associated Board (ABRSM 2018) and Trinity College London students. Appeals to all ages, child or adult. This book coincides with the publication of the third edition of ‘All-In-One to Grade 5’ (beginner to grade 5) on which it is based, containing all the same material as the higher grades PLUS and impressive 113 EXTRA EXERCISES (see * below).
All-In-One music theory is different to other music theory books because it is:
- VISUAL – easy to learn and remember. Most illustrations reinforce concepts learnt rather than being merely decorative
- INTEGRATED…yet progressive, exploring patterns across the grades ‘All-In-One…is presented quite differently from most other theory books…an integrated scheme of work…as opposed to small chunks of info which will hopefully click together like lego bricks’ Rhinegold
- COMPREHENSIVE AND IN DEPTH (‘extremely thorough’ EPTA) with graded checklists for both ABRSM and Trinity College London students.
…also FUN containing highly original games which appeal to students of every age.
A RADICALLY NEW APPROACH proven highly effective and memorable, devised by Rachel Billings. The author’s method exposes simple and underlying rules and patterns of music theory, enabling students to work things out for themselves and arises from the conviction that a pupil gains satisfaction and enjoyment from their work if they understand ‘why’ (not just ‘what’) rules and conventions exist. Text is kept minimal and alternates with work sheets and plenty of exercises/revision material to test understanding (beware of some other multi-grade books which do not have exercises). Illustrations are helpful, not merely decorative, therefore it is a book to be enjoyed by students of any age and will free up valuable lesson time for the instrumental work it supports (“Always concise” yet “Extremely thorough” say Rhinegold Music Teacher magazine, the UK’s leading resource for music education). Aim for comprehension and speed comes naturally as a by-product, largely because this book avoids the traditional, time-consuming rote learning. See the Review page to read what the professionals themselves have to say about All-In-One to Grade 5.
It is not necessary to have used All-In-One Grades 1-3 book prior to using the Grade 4-5 book (although it is of course recommended) because…
“All-In-One: Grades 4-5’ duplicates ten of the coloured ‘Reference’ pages found in ‘All-In-One: Grades 1-3’…This is necessary because they contain principles which apply across the grades and need to be referred to continually until memorized. It also means that it is not essential for students to be familiar with ‘All-In-One: Grades 1-3’ prior to reading this book (although it is of course recommended).” [Quoted from Preface page]
Knowledge of music theory is essential for any instrumentalist (with good reason the ABRSM will not permit anyone to take a practical exam on their chosen instrument past intermediate level, unless they first have Grade 5 music theory). Click here to read about the importance of learning music theory.
* Of the one hundred and thirteen extra exercises in ‘All-In-One: Grades 4-5’, thirty-seven of these are for all grades 4-5 students (i.e. ABRSM, Trinity and others) whilst seventy-six of the exercises are topics outside the scope of the Grades 1- 5 ABRSM Syllabus, yet they are nevertheless beneficial for all students (and most of these topics are are closely related to material already studied). This book already contains all Grades 4-5 material from the ‘Trinity Supplement’ booklet, which can be found in the Appendix, therefore Trinity Students owning All-In-One: Grades 4-5 do NOT need to buy any further material (i.e. All-In-One: Grades 4-5 book contains all 4-5 material from All-In-One to Grade 5 [plus several pages recap of material found in previous grades] , PLUS the 75 exercises from the ‘Trinity Supplement booklet’, PLUS 24 extra exercises throughout)