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  • Note values of semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver and semiquaver*, and their equivalent rests (candidates may use the terms ‘whole note’, ‘half note’, etc.). Tied notes. Single-dotted notes and rests. 
  • Simple time signatures of 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4, bar-lines and the grouping of the notes listed above within these times.
  • Composition of a two-bar rhythm in answer to a given rhythm starting on the first beat of a bar**. 
  • The stave. Treble (G) and bass (F) clefs. Names of notes on the stave, including middle C in both clefs. Sharp, flat and natural signs, and their cancellation. 
  • Construction of the major scale, including the position of the tones and semitones. Scales and key signatures of the major keys of C, G, D* and F in both clefs, with their tonic triads (root position), degrees (number only), and intervals above the tonic (by number only). 
  • Some frequently used terms and signs concerning tempo, dynamics, performance directions and articulation marks. Simple questions will be asked about a melody written in either treble or bass clef.

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