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Lesson 16: Grade Five Theory Practice Exam

 

Time limit - 2 hours

This paper contains SEVEN questions, ALL of which should be answered.

Answers must be written clearly and neatly - otherwise marks may be lost.

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 A printable version of this practice exam, including the answers, is available as part of the Grade 5 Pack download. In pdf format, the files include every exercise from the grade five course, with blank staves for your answers and an answer key at the end, plus lots of extra exercises not available online. Visit our Downloads page to download instantly.

 

 Instructions: Hover your mouse over the stave or the light bulb icon light bulb to reveal the answers.

 

 Question 1

1. (a) The following extract, which begins on the first beat of the bar, requires a different time signature for each bar. Put in the three correct time signatures. (6 points)

 

Add the time signatures

 

(b) (i) Describe the chords marked A, B and C in the extract below as I, II, IV or V.

Also indicate whether the lowest note of the chord is the root (a), 3rd (b) or 5th (c).

The key is C minor. (6 points)

Describe the chords and indicate the root

Chord A: ..........Chord A

Chord B: ..........Chord B

Chord C: ..........Chord C

 

(ii) Rewrite the left-hand part of bar 2 (marked X) so that it sounds the same, but using the tenor C clef. Remember to put in the key signature. (3 points)

Add the time signatures

 

 Question 2

2. Describe fully each of the numbered melodic intervals (e.g. major 2nd). (10 points)

 

Describe fully the melodic intervals

Intervals:

A.................Interval A

B.................Interval B

C.................Interval C

D.................Interval D

E.................Interval E

 

 Question 3

3. The following melody is written for clarinet in A. Transpose it down a minor 3rd, as it will sound at concert pitch. Remember to put in the new key signature and add any necessary accidentals. (10 points)

 

Tranpose the melody down a minor third

Transposed melody

 

 

 Question 4

4. Look at this extract from a song, Mit dem Groenen Lautenbande, by Franz Schubert and then answer the questions that follow.

Mit dem Grunen Lautenbande by Schubert

 

(a) Give the meaning of:

 

Massig

................. M?ssig

(2 points)

Pause

................. Pause

(2 points)

repeat bars(bar 2)

................. Repeat Bars

(2 points)

Triplet(bar 1)

................. 3

(2 points)

Tie(bar 10 L.H. piano)

................. Tie

(2 points)

 

(b)

(i) Describe the time signature as:

simple or compound ........Simple or Compound?(1 point)

duple, triple or quadruple ........duple, triple or quadruple? (1 point)

 

(ii) Add the correct rests to the left-hand piano part to complete bar 2. (2 points)

Add the correct rests

 

(iii) Give the technical name (e.g. tonic, dominant) of the voice note in bar 5 marked X.

Remember that the key is B flat major. ..........Technical name? (2 points)

 

(iv) Describe fully (e.g. major 2nd) the bracketed harmonic interval marked Y in the right-hand piano part of bar 7. ...................Harmonic interval? (2 points)

 

(v) The dotted F in the left-hand piano part of bar 10 (marked Z) is worth .....How many demisemiquavers is it worth?

demisemiquavers (thirty-second notes) in total. (2 points)

 

(c)

(i) This extract is from a song written for a tenor. Write the voices below in the correct order from lowest to highest. The first answer is given. (4 points)

 

Mezzo-soprano - Bass - Alto - Baritone - Tenor

 

Bass ..............................Order of Voices

 

(ii) Name a standard orchestral instrument that normally uses the treble clef and state the family to which it belongs. (4 points)

 

Instrument ........... Family ...........Instrument which uses the treble clef?

 

(iii) Now name the highest-sounding member of a different family of orchestral instruments.

(2 points)

............Now name the highest member of a different family

 

 

 Question 5

5. (a) Using semibreves (whole notes), write one octave ascending of the melodic minor scale that has this key signature. Begin on the tonic and remember to include any additional sharp, flat or natural signs. (5 points)

 

Ascending scale

 

(b) Using semibreves (whole notes), write one octave descending of the major scale that begins on the given note. Do not use a key signature but put in all necessary sharp or flat signs. (5 points)

 

Descending scale

 

 Question 6

6. EITHER

(a) Compose a complete melody for unaccompanied violin or oboe, using the given opening. Indicate the tempo and other performance directions, including any that might be particularly required for the instrument chosen. The complete melody should be eight bars long.

(15 points)

 

Instrument for which the melody is written: ...............

 

Given opening for your composition

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OR

Compose a melody to the following words for a solo voice. Write each syllable under the note or notes to which it is to be sung. Also indicate the tempo and other performance directions as appropriate. (15 points)

 

Back comes the wind full strength

With a blow like an angel's wing,

(Kipling)

 

Blank manuscript

 

Blank manuscript

(Answers will vary. Sample answers can be found on the blog).

 

 Question 7

7. Suggest suitable progressions for two cadences in the following melody by indicating ONLY ONE chord (I, II, IV or V) at each of the places marked A-E. You do not have to indicate the position of the chords, or to state which note is in the bass. (10 points)

 

Show the chords:

 

EITHER (a) by writing I, II, etc. or any other recognized symbols on the dotted lines below;

(b) by writing notes on the staves.

Cadences

 

FIRST CADENCE: SECOND CADENCE:

Chord A ...answers..... Chord C ...answers......

Chord B ....answers.... Chord D ...answers......

                             Chord E ....answers.....

 

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