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Grade Five Music Theory - Lesson 1: Good Notation Exercises


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Test Yourself on Grade Five Music Theory Notation Symbols!

In the ABRSM grade 5 theory exam, you will only get full points for describing a musical symbol if you give an explanation in English. This means it's not ok to only write an answer such as "staccato" - you have to explain what that actually means. (This rule does not include ornaments).


 Music Symbols Test 1

Write the name or meaning of each of the following symbols/terms. (Point your mouse at the image to reveal the answer.)


1 Up bow (for a string player)   2 Repeat bars
3 Upper mordent   4 Tenuto - hold the note for its full length
5 Release the damper pedal   6


7 60 crotchets per minute   8 Accent
9 Quaver or Eighth note   10 Lower mordent

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13 Press the damper pedal   14 Segno or Sign
15 Crescendo   16


17 Appoggiatura   18 Hemidemisemiquaver or 64th note
19 Coda sign   20 Double barline - end of the piece
21 Turn   22 Accacciatura


  24 Staccatissimo
25 Down bow   26 Press, hold, then release the sostenuto pedal


 Musical Symbols Test 2

Draw/write each of the following indications. (Point your mouse at the light bulb to reveal the answers.)

1 Staccato ? 2 Breve/double whole rest ?
3 Trill ? 4 Release the damper pedal ?
5 Minim rest (half rest) ? 6 Pause/fermata ?
7 Demisemiquaver/Thirty-second note ? 8 Play until the end ?
9 Stop using the mute ? 10 Play until the coda sign ?
11 Go back to the beginning ? 12 Very quiet ?
13 Gradually get quieter ? 14 One note very loud ?
15 Press the right piano pedal ? 16 Moderately loud ?
17 Go back to the sign ? 18 Play with the mute ?
19 Staccatissimo ? 20 Coda sign ?
21 Crotchet/quarter rest ? 22 Semibreve rest (whole rest) ?
23 Accent ? 24 Breve (double whole note) ?
25 Double bar (end of section) ? 26 Hemidemisemiquaver (sixty-fourth note) ?



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