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Congratulations Joseph! "28/30 - "Performance as a whole" - that is great, meaning you overall play very well.


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Congrats, JosephW! That’s an amazing accomplishment!


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Hello! Is anyone working on RCM level 7 theory currently or this summer?

I'm a recent adult returner and just wanted to say hello to other folks working on similar things smile

I'm waiting for my piano to arrive (in 2 days!), then I'll get acclimated with it and get a teacher...but in the meantime I thought I would work on theory.

By the way, I'm leaning towards RCM because I like the idea of doing Baroque and Classical as separate categories (=1 piece each) in the practical better, but haven't finally decided. Anyway, I figure theory is theory and what is learned is not wasted.

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just finished taking ABRSM Grade 5 music theory online exam right now at the moment. jammed through studying and took exams 2 3 4 and 5, all done in the past 2 1/2 months.

got 100%'s on exams 1-3, still waiting for results on 4 and 5 (apparently they take EXACTLY 4 weeks to get you results).

anyway I'm glad its done, I'm definitely over it lol sleep


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Originally Posted by JosephW
just finished taking ABRSM Grade 5 music theory online exam right now at the moment. jammed through studying and took exams 2 3 4 and 5, all done in the past 2 1/2 months.

got 100%'s on exams 1-3, still waiting for results on 4 and 5 (apparently they take EXACTLY 4 weeks to get you results).

anyway I'm glad its done, I'm definitely over it lol sleep

Wooohooo, congratulations!!! That's some amazing speed & results. (And a drag that they take so long...)

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Originally Posted by JosephW
just finished taking ABRSM Grade 5 music theory online exam right now at the moment. jammed through studying and took exams 2 3 4 and 5, all done in the past 2 1/2 months.

got 100%'s on exams 1-3, still waiting for results on 4 and 5 (apparently they take EXACTLY 4 weeks to get you results).

anyway I'm glad its done, I'm definitely over it lol sleep

impressive, well done


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Originally Posted by SchubertRock
Hello! Is anyone working on RCM level 7 theory currently or this summer?

I'm a recent adult returner and just wanted to say hello to other folks working on similar things smile

I'm waiting for my piano to arrive (in 2 days!), then I'll get acclimated with it and get a teacher...but in the meantime I thought I would work on theory.

By the way, I'm leaning towards RCM because I like the idea of doing Baroque and Classical as separate categories (=1 piece each) in the practical better, but haven't finally decided. Anyway, I figure theory is theory and what is learned is not wasted.

all the best on your return, and I would agree theory is never wasted


Surprisingly easy, barely an inconvenience.

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ShubertRock, I've dusted off my RCM theory books and am working toward taking Level 7. I found some good videos on youtube in a channel called ClassicalContext. He has good refresher on level 5 (couldn't believe how much I've forgotten) and some on level 6. Level 8 is complete I think and level 7 he's working on.


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Originally Posted by WiseBuff
ShubertRock, I've dusted off my RCM theory books and am working toward taking Level 7. I found some good videos on youtube in a channel called ClassicalContext. He has good refresher on level 5 (couldn't believe how much I've forgotten) and some on level 6. Level 8 is complete I think and level 7 he's working on.

That's awesome! It is my summer project, and good to know folks who are in the same boat. I am waiting for the book as we speak, and I will check out the channel, thank you. It has been 28 yrs for me, so a lot to catch up with.

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Congratulations Joseph! That is a major accomplishment. Good for you. Keep on keeping on.


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thank you all!
I'm proud about the ABRSM 1 Distinction.
for the Music Theory 1-5 I'm basically just super happy to be done with the studying and trying not to be tricked by the damn questions LOL

some of them they are going out of their way to try to trick you mad


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Well done everyone.

JosephW…not sure if you were raised in British education system, it the gscs and A levels always had some lateral questions to test if you really understood the details.

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What are people’s opinions on the new ABRSM syllabus for 2023-2024?

I feel a bit short changed with them saying there’d be 39 pieces for each Grade. Whilst that’s true, 21 of them are ones carried over from the last syllabus - so it’s only really 18 new pieces. Anyway, gripe over


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they are being upfront about it imo

https://us.abrsm.org/en/our-exams/piano-exams/syllabus-information/
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Refreshed repertoire lists at all grades
Greater choice of repertoire than ever before, with each list extended to 13 pieces (39 pieces in total per grade)
A wide variety of music from a more diverse range of composers than in the past
Each grade includes 18 new choices alongside 21 retained pieces from the 2021 & 2022 lists

LINK TO NEW SYLLABUS: https://us.abrsm.org/media/66595/piano-2023-2024-practical-grades-syllabus-may-2022.pdf

just ordered Grade 3 and Grade 4 books with Audio smile

SHOPPING: https://shop.abrsm.org/shop/ucat/102337


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JosephW…re grade 4..there is a misprint on bar 8b in Billie’s song…should be a Dflat, not Eflat…

JeremyT: the intention was to carry over many of the songs from 4 to 10. I am kinda glad as I had my favorites as I looked ahead. 😄

Remainder of this year is to crack on and get grade 5 theory passed.

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yeah I'm super excited about it all now. will be doing Grade 2 this Fall, and then immediately into Grade 3, as I've found a way to use (2) pieces from my teacher RCM studies to use with the Grade 3 exam as well. TWOFER grin

then after that I can take a long break from ABRSM exams to focus on teacher/RCM stuff for a good long stretch. RCM is broken up into more levels so this is where they start to diverge a bit anyhow. plus ABRSM Grade 4 appears to be a jump from 3 at least thats what it looks like!!!!


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or maybe it was ABRSM Grade 5 where I was looking like O___O


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the 4-week wait finally over for the last of the ABRSM online music theory exam grade 5. THEY FINALLY TRICKED ME didn't get 100% lol damn cry

results showed that I missed 1 on rhythm, which I can see that.... the rests / grouping can definitely get a little tricksy. but then I also lost 1 point on PITCH which is dumb I musta just been moving too fast. after jamming through these exams so much I was definitely over it by the end lol

  • took grade 1 last year, then took a big break
  • decided to get back in there April this year, realized should just keep going and do them all, as they build upon each other
  • jammed through grades 2-5 in a 2-month time frame


I'd say grades 2 and 3 are very similar. grades 4 and 5 had to do some studying for, but 5 seemed easy, while 4 was pretty annoying with some more time-intensive problems.

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how I studied for each grade:

1. read through the "Information" sections of the ABRSM Discovering Music Theory workbook
2. completed the grade in the ABRSM Music THeory Trainer App
3. go through and complete the whole ABRSM Discovering Music Theory workbook
4. do the additional 4 practice exams in the ABRSM Music Theory Practice Papers
5. did the online ABRSM practice exam
6. took the test smile

takes about 2-3 weeks per grade, at the pace I was going.

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Originally Posted by JosephW
the 4-week wait finally over for the last of the ABRSM online music theory exam grade 5.

congratulations, this is a lot of work in a short space of time.


Surprisingly easy, barely an inconvenience.

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