Test your skills and knowledge of Grade One Music Theory with this free online practice test!

 

The questions are based on the ABRSM syllabus and cover:

  • names of notes and rests
  • time signatures 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4
  • keys, scales and tonic triads in C major, G major, F major and D major
  • intervals by number only e.g. 6th
  • degrees of the scale
  • Italian musical terms and frequently used symbols
  • treble and bass clefs

The test will also be useful for candidates taking the Trinity Grade 1 Music Theory exam.

The pass mark is 50/75. A score of 60+ will earn you a “merit” and 65+ a “distinction”.

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Grade 1 Music Theory Test

1 / 67

What is the time signature of this bar?

time sig

2 / 67

What is the time signature of this bar?

time sig

3 / 67

What is the time signature of this bar?

time sig

4 / 67

Are all these bar lines in the correct places?

time sig

5 / 67

Are all these bar lines in the correct places?

time sig

6 / 67

Are all these bar lines in the correct places?

time sig

7 / 67

Are all these bar lines in the correct places?

time sig

8 / 67

Are all these bar lines in the correct places?

time sig

9 / 67

These notes are correctly written in order from shortest to longest – true or false?

note order

10 / 67

These notes are correctly written in order from shortest to longest – true or false?

note order

11 / 67

What is the shortest note value used in these two bars?

rhythm-start

12 / 67

These notes are correctly grouped (beamed) – true or false?

grouping

13 / 67

The rest(s) in this music are written correctly – true or false?
rests

14 / 67

The rest(s) in this music are written correctly – true or false?
rests

15 / 67

The rest(s) in this music are written correctly – true or false?
rests

16 / 67

What is the name of this note?

note name

17 / 67

What is the name of this note?

note name

18 / 67

What is the name of this note?

note name

19 / 67

What is the name of this note?

note name

20 / 67

What is the name of this note?

note name

21 / 67

What is the name of this note?

note name

22 / 67

What is the name of this note?

note name

23 / 67

Which is the higher note of these two?

24 / 67

Which is the higher note of these two?

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Which is the lower note of these two?

26 / 67

Which is the lower note of these two?

27 / 67

Which note would need an accidental in the key of F major?

28 / 67

Which note would need an accidental in the key of G major?

29 / 67

Which note would need an accidental in the key of G major?

30 / 67

Choose the correct clef for this note:
clef

31 / 67

Choose the correct clef for this note:
clef

32 / 67

Choose the correct clef for this note:
clef

33 / 67

Choose the correct clef for this note:
clef

34 / 67

Which is the correctly written key signature for G major?
keysigs

35 / 67

Which is the correctly written key signature for D major?
keysigs

36 / 67

Which is the correctly written key signature for D major?
keysigs

37 / 67

There are 0 sharps in the key signature for D major – true or false?

38 / 67

There is 1 sharp in the key signature for G major – true or false?

39 / 67

What is the distance between the 3rd and 4th notes in the C major scale?

40 / 67

What is the distance between the 3rd and 2nd notes in the D major scale?

41 / 67

Two notes in this scale of F major are wrong.

Which scale degrees are the wrong notes?

scale

42 / 67

This is the 3rd degree of the scale of D major – true or false?

note

43 / 67

This is the 7th degree of the scale of G major – true or false?

note

44 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is D major.
interval

45 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is F major.
interval

46 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is D major.
interval

47 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is F major.
interval

48 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is F major.
interval

49 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is G major.
interval

50 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is D major.
interval

51 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is G major.
interval

52 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is F major.
interval

53 / 67

Give the number of this interval. The key is C major.
interval

54 / 67

This is the tonic triad of G major – true or false?

triad

55 / 67

This is the tonic triad of C major – true or false?

triad

56 / 67

Which note is missing from this tonic triad in the key of D major?
triad

57 / 67

Which note is missing from this tonic triad in the key of D major?
triad

58 / 67

Which note is missing from this tonic triad in the key of C major?
triad

59 / 67

What key is this the tonic triad of?

triad

60 / 67

What key is this the tonic triad of?

triad

61 / 67

What key is this the tonic triad of?

triad

62 / 67

Which word means the same as “adagio”?

63 / 67

Which of these means “very quietly”?

64 / 67

Which of these means “getting quicker”?

65 / 67

Which of these is “at a walking pace”?

66 / 67

What does “ritenuto” mean?

67 / 67

Look at this music then tick THREE TRUE statements below.

Each question is worth 3 points.

score