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Welcome to the Trinity Grade 1 Music Theory start page!

If you (or your child/pupil) are just starting out on your music theory journey, this is the right place to start!

On this page you can find the syllabus information, and links to the free and paid Trinity Grade 1 Music Theory lessons available on this site.

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Trinity Grade 1 Music Theory Lessons

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Trinity Syllabus (Grade 1)

      1. Note values of semibreve, minim, crotchet and quaver (whole note, half note, quarter note and eighth note), and their equivalent rests.  Single-dotted notes and rests
      2. Simple time signatures of 2/4, 3/4 & 4/4, bar-lines and the grouping of the notes listed above within these times.
      3. 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.
      4. Construction of the major scale, including the position of the tones and semitones. Scales and key signatures of the major keys of C, G  and F in both clefs, with their tonic triads (root position, including Roman numeral notation), degrees (number only), and intervals above the tonic (by number only). Writing arpeggios.
      5. Some frequently used terms and signs concerning tempo, dynamics, performance directions and articulation marks.
      6. Ostinato and the circle of 5ths
      7. Composing an answering rhythm