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19. Practice Exam

Lesson 19: Grade Two Music Theory Practice Exam

Suitable for:  ABRSM Grade 2   Trinity Grade 2   GCSE   AP Music Theory Beginners 

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Grade 2 Music Theory Test (ABRSM Candidates)

Time limit: 1.5 hours

Candidates should answer ALL questions.

Answers must be written clearly & neatly, otherwise marks may be lost.

Total marks: 100 (Pass=66, Merit=80, Distinction=90)


1. Add the missing bar lines to these two tunes. The first bar line is given in each. (10 points)

a.Add the missing barlines to this tune

b.Add the missing barlines to this tune


2 . Write a four-bar rhythm using the given opening. (10 points)

Write a four-bar rhythm 

3. (a) Give the letter name of each of the notes marked *, including the sharp or flat sign where necessary. The first answer is given. (10 points)

Give the letter name of the notes

(b) Give the time name (e.g. crotchet or quarter-note) of the rest in the last bar. ....answer


4. Add the correct clef and any necessary sharp or flat signs to each of these tonic triads. Do not use key signatures. (10 points)

a.E flat major

b.A major

c.D minor

d.Bb major

e.E minor



5. Rewrite the following in notes and a rest of half the value, beginning as shown. (10 points)

Rewrite in notes of half the value

Answer here


6. In each of the numbered spaces add the note or rest named below, as shown in the answer to [1]. (10 points)

Add the note or rest as shown

[1] minim (half-note) rest

[2] F, semibreve (whole-note)

[3] Bb, crotchet (quarter-note)

[4] F#, minim (half-note)

[5] F natural, dotted minim (dotted half-note)

[6] crotchet (quarter-note) rest


7. (a) Rewrite these treble clef notes in the bass clef, keeping the pitch the same. The first answer is given. (10 points)

i)treble to bass 1

ii)treble to bass 2

iii)treble to bass 3

iv)treble to bass 4

v)treble to bass 5


(b) In which major key are all these notes found? answer


8. Look at this melody, adapted from a piece by Schumann, and then answer the questions below.

Schumann melody Blank stave

(a) Give the meaning of each of these: (10 points)

molto cantabile


crotchet =60









(b) (10 points)


Give the time name (e.g. crotchet or quarter-note) of the rest in the last bar.


Draw a circle round two notes next to each other which are a 6th apart.


How many times does this rhythm occur? .....

How many times does this rhythm occur?


The key of the melody is A major.
On which degree of the scale (e.g. 2nd, 3rd ) does the melody begin?............


Answer TRUE or FALSE to this sentence: The time signature 2/4 means that there are two quaver (eighth-note) beats in a bar. ........



(c) (10 points)

Copy out the music from the start of the melody to the end of bar 6, exactly as it is written above. Don't forget the clef, key signature, dynamics and all other details. Write the music on the blank stave above question (a). Marks will be given for neatness and accuracy. (10 points)




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