Entrants will be prepared to answer questions on the following:
Added to the note values and rests of the previous grades, entrants will now recognize rests:
Entrants will show an understanding of compound triple time, and of the anacrusis
Keys and Scales
The recognition and writing of scales and their key signatures as for previous grades, with the addition of the following: ~~ E, B♭, E♭ and A♭ major ~~ G and C minor (harmonic form) through one or two octaves.
To show understanding of tones and semitones and the technical names of the degrees of the scales.
To show understanding of accidentals.
To show understanding of sequence.
Recognition and writing of all diatonic intervals above the tonic in specified keys for the grade. Treble clef or Bass clef.
Recognize and write three primary triads in close position, in the keys specified for the grade — in root position or first inversion. Treble clef and Bass clef.
Recognition and writing of the perfect and plagal cadences in keys specified for the grade — in either vocal or pianoforte styles. Treble clef and Bass clef.
To recognize the form of a tune as binary, ternary or rondo and show ability to mark its main divisions A B, A B A, A B A C A etc.
To show on appropriate staves, the approximate compass of soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices.
General Musical Skills
To write a suitable rhythmic pattern to a simple couplet of words or
To write a melody of four bars in any major key up to two sharps or two flats, on a given rhythmic pattern. Phrasing is required.
Memory and Transposition
The entrants will be expected to write the whole melody of "Now is the Hour" from memory on the treble stave. The correct key signature, time signature, pitch and note values, and phrasing are expected. Words are not required.
Entrants will be expected to transpose a short melody (approx. 8 bars in length) in a key specified for Grade 3 into another key set for this grade
The English meanings of the following, together with their abbreviations and signs, where applicable: adagio, allegretto, allegro, andante, con moto, largamente, largo, larghetto, lento, moderato, presto, prestissimo, vivace, vivo accelerando (accel.), allargando, a tempo, meno mosso, piu mosso, rallentando (rall.), ritardando (rit.), ritenuto (riten.) (rit.) calando, crescendo (cres.) (cresc.), decrescendo (decres.) (decresc.), diminuendo (dim.), forte (f), fortissimo (ff), forte-piano (fp) mezzo forte (mf), mezzo piano (mp), morendo, piano (p), pianissimo (pp), sforzando (sf) (sfz) ad libitum, agitato, attacca, ben marcato, cantabile, con anima, con brio, con forza, con grazia, fine, da capo al fine, dal segno, dolce, legato, leggiero, loco, maestoso, main droite (m.d.), main gauche (m.g.), mezzo staccato, molto, opus, poco, risoluto, staccato, sempre, senza, sostenuto, tranquillo, tre corde, una corda