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Music Theory Grade Five

Practice Exam - C

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GRADE 5 PRACTICE EXAM C

Music Theory Grade Five Practice Exam - C


This exam paper contains seven questions. You should answer them all.

Allowed Time: 2 Hours Total Marks 100

Question 1. Take a look at the extracts of music and answer the questions. 15

a) The passage below begins on the first beat of the bar and is missing a time signature. Add in (4)
the correct time signature to complete this extract.

b) Take a look at the extract of music below and answer the questions.

A B C

i) What key is this piece of music in? ……………………………………… (2)

ii) Describe the chords marked with the letters A, B and C with Roman Numerals (i.e I, II, IV, V
etc. Also indicate what the lowest note of the chord is. (Root ( a ), 3rd ( b ), or the 5th ( c ) ).
A ………………………………………
(6)
B ………………………………………
C ………………………………………

iii) Write the enharmonic equivalent of the first note of the 2nd bar in the right hand marked with (3)
an X in the alto C clef.

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Question 2. What are the intervals of the bracketed notes marked with the letters A - E? (e.g 10
perfect 5th.)

A B C D E

A ………………………………………………………
B ………………………………………………………
C ………………………………………………………
D ………………………………………………………
E ………………………………………………………

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Question 3. Look at the extract of music written for piano below and answer the questions. 25

A
Violin

Piano

B C
D

a) i) Give the meaning of the following terms or symbols:

una corda ……………………………………………………………………………. (2)

pizz. ……………………………………………………………………………. (2)

arco ……………………………………………………………………………. (2)

ii) Rewrite the first chord in the left hand of bar six which is marked with an X but in the Tenor C (3)
clef.

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b) The extract is in Eb Major. Indicate what the technical note names (Tonic, subdominant etc) of
the notes marked with the letters A - D in the violin part are.

A (bar 4) …………………………………………… (2)


B (bar 5) …………………………………………… (2)
C (bar 6) …………………………………………… (2)
D (bar 8) …………………………………………… (2)

c) i) Is the following statement true or false.


The symbol tells the violinist to play the note as a down bow. ………………………………. (2)

ii) Complete the following sentences.


The violin is part of the ………………………. family of instruments. (2)

iii) Name another family of instruments and then the highest sounding instrument in that family.
Instrument: …………………………………………………………………… (2)
Highest sounding instrument: ……………………………………………………… (2)

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Question 4. This is a piece of music written for a Cor Anglais in F. Transpose it down a perfect 10
5th so it will sound at concert pitch. You don’t need to use a key signature but include all the
sharps, flats and natural signs as appropriate.

Question 5. 15

(a) Write in the sharps or flats in front of the notes below that are needed so that it shows D# (5)
harmonic minor.

(b) Write the correct key signature and one octave descending of the scale for the melodic minor (5)
with 6 flats as it’s key signature. Use semibreves (whole notes) beginning on the tonic and add in
any necessary sharps, flats or natural signs.

(c) Using semibreves (whole notes) write one octave ascending of the chromatic scale beginning (5)
on the note shown below. Remember to add in any necessary sharps, flats or natural signs.

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Question 6. 15

(a) Compose a melody for an unaccompanied double bass OR tuba carrying on from the
melody below. It should be 8 bars in length and include performance directions that might be
relevant for the instrument as well as articulation, tempo and dynamics etc.

Instrument that this melody is written for ………………………………….

OR

(b) Compose a melody for the following extract from a poem. You should compose it for solo
voice and write the syllables under the notes to show which note is for which word and syllable. You
should include performance directions that might be relevant as well as articulation, tempo and
dynamics etc.

Thus in state and dignity Rudyard Kipling


Send me up for old sake’s sake.

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Question 7. Suggest some suitable chord progressions for the melody written below. You 10
should show which chord by using Roman numerals ( I, II, IV etc ) in the spaces indicated by the
letters A-E below the extract OR writing in the notes on the stave.

A B

C D E

FIRST CADENCE SECOND CADENCE

CHORD A ……………………….. CHORD C ………………………..

CHORD B ……………………….. CHORD D ………………………..

CHORD E ………………………..

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