# Features

## Interactive music theory study guides

and practise exam questions

### Clements Theory is designed to make studying music theory as straightforward as possible.

Through a combination of comprehensive **study guides** covering the theory of music from the very beginning, and interactive **music theory practice questions**, you can track your progress in each subject area. Help is always at hand from The **Clements Theory** team of experts and from the **Q&A** area.

**Clements Theory** covers Associated Board (**ABRSM**) and Trinity College (**TCM**) **Grades 1 to 5**, including the all-important **Grade 5 Theory**.

Find out more about the **study guides**, music theory **practise questions**, **progress-tracking** tools, and the **Q&A** area below.

## Music Theory Study Guides

**Clements Theory** guides students step-by-step through music theory helping them to understand and remember the main topics of music theory:

**Notation, clefs and intervals****Rhythm, rests and time signatures****Keys and scales****Chords, cadences and harmony****Musical terms and symbols****Instruments and orchestration**

#### Clear and comprehensive

**Clements Theory** study guides are prepared by skilled musicians and regularly revised to remain as comprehensive, clear and easy-to-follow as possible. Each study guide comes with a revision assignment with practice questions drawn from Clements Theory’s huge question bank, to reinforce students’ knowledge of the material in the guide.

#### Step-by-step

Each study guide is given a level from 1 to 5, corresponding approximately to the syllabus of Trinity College of Music and Associated Board **Music Theory Grades**. You can be confident that if students have covered all the material in a **Clements Theory** "level", they have covered the material found in the corresponding **TCM** or **ABRSM** syllabus - and a little more.

#### Study and practice

Students can test their knowledge. When your students have completed reading each study guide, **Clements Theory** provides a set of assignments for them to take, which include a set of practice questions tailored to the material contained in the study guide to test their comprehension.

#### Expert guidance

**Clements Theory** study guides are written by experts, but are also easy to follow and written in plain language to ensure that they are as straightforward as possible.

##### Select a topic to browse the study guides...

#### Notation, clefs, and intervals

#### Rhythm, rests, and time signatures

#### Keys and scales

##### Level 3

#### Chords, cadences and harmony

##### Level 1

##### Level 2

#### Musical terms and symbols

##### Level 5

#### Instruments and orchestration

##### Level 1

##### Level 2

##### Level 3

##### Level 5

## Music Theory Practice Exam Questions

**Clements Theory** provides access to thousands of graded exam-style music theory questions, testing every aspect of music theory.

The **practice questions** can be tackled in small groups of 10, covering a specific topic and at a chosen level of difficulty, or at random. You can also set "mock exams", providing more questions at a specific grade of difficulty.

Questions are available to practice in all the key areas covered by the study guides:

**Musical terms and symbols****Notation, clefs and intervals****Rhythm, rests and time signatures****Keys and scales****Chords, cadences and harmony****Instruments and orchestration**

You can even add the pressure of a time limit based on the difficulty and number of music theory questions presented, and always provides a realistic challenge. If your students can beat the **Clements Theory** clock, they should have no trouble in a real exam!

#### Thousands of practice questions at all levels

**Clements Theory** includes thousands of practice questions covering all the material in the **Associated Board** and **Trinity College** music theory exams from **Grade 1 Theory** to **Grade 5 Theory** (and beyond), so whatever your students’ level, you'll find plenty to test them.

## Track Progress in Music Theory

A key part of learning with **Clements Theory** is the ability to track your students' progress and improvement in music theory using our unique **Progress Points**.

Every time your students take a **music theory practice test** the answers are recorded, and they will score a certain number of **Progress Points**. Questions range in difficulty from **Grade 1 Theory** to **Grade 5 Theory** across all of the key curriculum areas:

**Musical terms and symbols****Notation, clefs and intervals****Rhythm, rests and time signatures****Keys and scales****Chords, cadences and harmony****Instruments and orchestration**

#### Progress Points

Each correct answer scores 1 Progress Point per level of difficulty. For example:

1 x Level 1 correct answer = 1 point

1 x Level 3 correct answer = 3 points

1 x Level 5 correct answer = 5 points

However, 1 point will be lost per grade of difficulty for every incorrect answer. For example, if you answered 10 Grade 4 questions correctly, but answered 5 Grade 5 questions incorrectly the total progress score would be:

10 x Level 4 correct answers = **40** points

minus 5 x Level 5 incorrect answers = **25** points

Total = **15** Progress Points

#### Subject by subject

You can monitor your improvement in each topic with individual progress scores for each area. This allows you to see at a glance if, for example, your keys and scales are great, but your chords and cadences could use some work.

#### Your target

The target number of Progress Points corresponds to the Associated Board or Trinity College grade you are trying to achieve - for example, 100 points for Grade 1 or 500 for Grade 5. If you can keep your Progress Score consistently above the target in all subject areas, you can be confident that you're ready for the exam!

## Music Theory Q&A

You and your students are never alone when studying music theory with **Clements Theory** - you have access to the comprehensive **Clements Theory Q&A** section

You can submit music theory questions at any time and receive help or comments from other members of the **Clements Theory** community. What's more, our experienced staff are on hand to provide accurate and clear answers to any music theory question you can throw at them.

#### Recent questions

Some of the questions recently asked by Clements Theory users (and answered by other students and the Clements Theory staff) are:

- How do you know which interval is a semitone?
- I have trouble remembering key signatures so does anyone have an easy way of remembering them?
- How do you remember the minor melodic and harmonic scales easily?
- What is 9/8 (time signature, nine quavers per bar) in simple time?
- I know that for a melodic minor you raise 6th and 7th on the way up and the normal key signature on the way down, but I don't how to do A Minor?