Popular Music Theory Grade 4
At Popular Music Theory Grade 4, you'll learn how to notate different rhythmic values, time signatures and how to indicate dynamics and articulation in a piece. You'll also work on scores with up to four instruments.
Key Skills at Grade 4
What you'll learn at Grade 4:
- Intricate music notation, time signatures and note values
- Intricate elements of popular music harmony
- Instrumental components and notation
- How to analyse, identify and modify music notation, harmony, stylistic traits and
- instrumental characteristics within a multi-instrumental score
- How to interpret a score to make appropriate harmony choices for improvised music and
- interpret improvisational directions
What You're Marked On
Your Popular Music Theory Grade 4 exam lasts 120 minutes and is split into four key sections.
At Grade 4 you will cover the following aspects of music notation:
- Understanding rhythm: halving and doubling rhythmic values, 6/8 and 12/8, half notes and triplets
- Understanding pitch: 8va and 8vb symbols, ledger lines
- Understanding dynamics and articulation
- Re-writing scores with a new time signature
- Understanding and recognising trills
Popular Music Harmony
At Grade 4 you will cover the following aspects of popular music harmony:
- Identifying intervals: major 6th and 7th
- Understanding scales: Pentatonic and variants
- Applying scale knowledge: Blues Scale
- Adding accidentals to scales
- Writing and understanding scales
At Grade 4 you will cover the following aspects of band knowledge:
- Identification of drum kit parts
- Identification of guitar and bass guitar parts
- Identification of keys: acoustic and electronic piano keyboards
- Understanding vocal pitch ranges
- Different techniques used across instrumental disciplines
At Grade 4 you will cover the following aspects of band analysis:
- Understanding scores with up to four different instruments
- Recognising keys
- Recognising chord symbols, including roman numerals
- Instrumental features and techniques across all disciplines
- Understanding tempo markings
- Recognising note values and duration
Your Grade 4 exam lasts 120 minutes. Candidates are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their exam starts.
Get Started Today!
You can start working towards your Grade 4 exam now!
Simply buy or Debut – Grade 5 Guidebook and corresponding Grade 4 Workbook book below and start preparing alongside your music teacher.
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