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De Silva Music Academy aims to give children and young people the opportunity to learn music within a structured programme, alongside other young people, and under the guidance of committed and inspirational musicians.

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Our Courses

We offer Piano, Singing lessons and Theory in a variety of styles for kids and adults.

ABRSM Theory

As instrumental skills progress, development in music theory and musicianship becomes increasingly important in helping students to perform with sensitivity, understanding and confidence. ABRSM's Music Theory exams aim to give students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes at Grades 1 to 5. To provide a more candidate friendly experience, we have moved the assessment of these grades to an online exam.

At Grades 6 to 8, this learning is expanded to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period. Each Grade 1 to 5 Music Theory paper is marked out of a total of 75, with 50 marks required for a Pass, 60 for a Merit and 65 for a Distinction. Each Grade 6 to 8 Music Theory paper is marked out of a total of 100, with 66 marks required for a Pass, 80 for a Merit and 90 for a Distinction.

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

ABRSM Theory - Grade 1

What does Music Theory Grade 1 include?

  • Basics of notation in treble and bass clef
  • Some simple time signatures
  • Some major keys & scales
  • Terms and signs

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ABRSM Theory - Grade 2

What does Music Theory Grade 2 include?

  • More basics of notation including triplets and triplet note groups
  • Grouping of notes and rests
  • More simple time signatures
  • Extension of the stave up to two ledger lines
  • Some relative major and minor keys
  • More terms and signs

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ABRSM Theory - Grade 3

What does Music Theory Grade 3 include?

  • Compound time signatures and the grouping of notes and rests
  • The demisemiquaver (32nd note) and its equivalent rest
  • Extension of the stave up to three ledger lines
  • Transposition at the octave between treble and bass clefs
  • Scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including four sharps and flats, in both forms of minor scales
  • Naming of intervals including type and number
  • Further terms and signs

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ABRSM Theory - Grade 4

What does Music Theory Grade 4 include?

  • All simple and compound time signatures and the grouping of rests and notes
  • The breve and its equivalent rest, double dotted notes/rests and duplets
  • The alto C clef and its transposition between clefs
  • Enharmonic equivalents, double sharp and flat signs
  • Scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including five sharps and flats, and the construction of the chromatic scale
  • Technical names (tonic, supertonic etc.)
  • Intervals between any two diatonic notes
  • Triads and chords in root position

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ABRSM Theory - Grade 5

What does Music Theory Grade 5 include?

  • Irregular time signatures and the grouping of notes and rests
  • The tenor C clef
  • Transposition at the octave between clefs and transposition to concert pitch of instruments in Bb, A or F
  • Scales and key signatures of all major and minor keys up to and including six sharps and flats
  • All diatonic and chromatic intervals, and compound intervals
  • Root position, 1st inversion and 2nd inversion forms of the tonic, supertonic, subdominant and dominant chords in any of the keys set for the grade
  • Identification of perfect, imperfect and plagal cadences

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ABRSM Theory - Grade 6

What does Music Theory Grade 6 include?

  • Increased harmonic vocabulary & modulation
  • Four-part writing / keyboard style & figured bass
  • Completion of a melody using a given opening
  • Score reading and music in context

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ABRSM Theory - Grade 7

What does Music Theory Grade 7 include?

  • Increased harmonic vocabulary & modulation
  • Four-part writing / keyboard style & figured bass
  • Writing melody above a piano accompaniment or completion of a melody using a given opening
  • Score reading and music in context

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ABRSM Theory - Grade 8

What does Music Theory Grade 8 include?

  • Increased harmonic vocabulary & modulation
  • Completion of an outline from a trio sonata and a piano piece
  • Completion of a melody using a given opening
  • Score reading and music in context

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ABRSM Piano

Practical Grade Piano exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight- reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.There are nine levels of assessment for Piano - Initial Grade and Grades 1 to 8. Select a grade using the links below to view the syllabus and supporting materials.

Initial

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

ABRSM Piano - Initial Grade

Practical Piano Initial Grade exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Piano - Grade 1

Practical Piano Grade 1 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Piano - Grade 2

Practical Piano Grade 2 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight- reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Piano - Grade 3

Practical Piano Grade 3 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Piano - Grade 4

Practical Piano Grade 4 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Piano - Grade 5

Practical Piano Grade 5 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Piano - Grade 6

Practical Piano Grade 6 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Piano - Grade 7

Practical Piano Grade 7 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight-reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Piano - Grade 8

Practical Piano Grade 8 exams consist of three pieces, scales and arpeggios, sight- reading, and aural tests.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. You need 100 marks to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

ABRSM Vocal

Singing exams from 2018 consist of three accompanied songs at all grades, chosen by the candidate from the appropriate lists in the current syllabus, an unaccompanied song, sight-singing and aural tests. Grade 6-8 exams up until the end of 2017 consist of four accompanied songs rather than three.Total marks in all individual Practical exams are 150. 100 marks are required to achieve Pass, 120 marks to pass with Merit and 130 marks to pass with Distinction.

There are eight grades of assessment. Select a grade using the links below in order to view the syllabus and supporting materials for that grade.

Grade 1

Grade 2

Grade 3

Grade 4

Grade 5

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

ABRSM Vocal - Grade 1

What's in the exam?

Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.

  • Three accompanied songs
  • Unaccompanied song (folk song)
  • Sight-singing
  • Aural tests

ABRSM Vocal - Grade 2

What's in the exam?

Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.

  • Three accompanied songs
  • Unaccompanied song (folk song)
  • Sight-singing
  • Aural tests

ABRSM Vocal - Grade 3

What's in the exam?

Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.

  • Three accompanied songs
  • Unaccompanied song (folk song)
  • Sight-singing
  • Aural tests

ABRSM Vocal - Grade 4

What's in the exam?

Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.

  • Three accompanied songs
  • Unaccompanied song (folk song)
  • Sight-singing
  • Aural tests

ABRSM Vocal - Grade 5

What's in the exam?

Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.

  • Three accompanied songs
  • Unaccompanied song (folk song)
  • Sight-singing
  • Aural tests

ABRSM Vocal - Grade 6

What's in the exam?

Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.

  • Three accompanied songs
  • Unaccompanied song (folk song)
  • Sight-singing
  • Aural tests

ABRSM Vocal - Grade 7

What's in the exam?

Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.

  • Three accompanied songs
  • Unaccompanied song (folk song)
  • Sight-singing
  • Aural tests

ABRSM Vocal - Grade 8

What's in the exam?

Find out about our Performance Grades and alternative route to a graded music exam.

  • Three accompanied songs
  • Unaccompanied song (folk song)
  • Sight-singing
  • Aural tests

Trinity Theory

Our Theory of Music syllabus responds to modern teaching and learning styles with Theory of Music Workbooks presenting the study of musical theory in bright and practical formats, attractive to both the student and the teacher. Not only will it help you to progress more quickly on your instrument, studying for our Theory exams will help you to gain a broad understanding of classical music.

Although there are no theory prerequisites for taking any Trinity College London practical graded exams, theoretical musical knowledge works to enhance and support practical studies.

  • Comprehensive and carefully incremented approach to the technical language of music, supported by approachable workbooks
  • Gain a solid foundation in music literacy: the conventions of Western music notation, melody, rhythm and harmony
  • Build your knowledge of music history, as well as form and instrumental capabilities
  • Complement and enhance your practical instrumental or vocal studies
  • Available for Grades 1-8 with accompanying workbooks containing all requirements for the exams, including information for teachers, hints and tips for candidates, tasks and questions for the grade, worked examples and more.

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Trinity Piano

Your performance. Your choice.

Extensive repertoire

Choose from our largest repertoire lists to date, which include 35 pieces per grade, a range of international composers and a selection of popular pieces from the 2018-2020 syllabus.

Re-imagined books

There are now a minimum of 12 pieces in your graded exam book, with 21 pieces in the Extended Edition - nine in an additional ebook. Both editions include detailed performance notes, while the Extended Edition also includes scales, arpeggios and downloadable audio

Young Composers' Competition

Aspiring composers can take inspiration from the inclusion of one new piece per grade written by the winners of our Young Composers' Competition.

Flexible syllabus

Personalize your exam - you can choose to perform your own, original composition, a duet at Initial to Grade 3 and a selection of supporting tests.

Online support

A range of free, online support resources, produced with professional musicians and educators, help develop your performance skills and musical knowledge.

Information & Regulations

Trinity Vocal

Putting performance first

Build authentic skills

Develop the vocal skills that are specific to singers and authentic to the performer you want to be.

Explore diverse repertoire

Discover pieces across a variety of styles, languages, and genres, and explore the directions learners can take with their music-making.

Benefit from industry expertise

Use the syllabus, supporting books and online resources, developed with prominent singers, to explore our exams see where they can take you.

We offer singing exams from Initial to Grade 8. The Initial exam acts as an introduction to the exam system for new performers.

The Singing Syllabus 2018-2022

  • Wide ranging repertoire allows singers to perform in a range of styles and languages, which enables them to specialise, but with enough choice to ensure they become versatile performers.
  • A choice of four supporting tests and flexible performance options, including using backing tracks up to Grade 3 and no requirement to perform from memory, gives singers the flexibility to demonstrate their individual strengths
  • Specially designed technical exercises allow singers to develop vocal technique through performance Graded songbooks, with teaching notes, translations, recordings of the piano accompaniments, and audio pronunciation guides, provide singers with exciting repertoire for every level
  • A range of books and resources is available including graded songbooks, teaching notes, translations, recordings of the piano accompaniments,

Further information

Full details (including our procedures, syllabus requirements, what to expect, and what to bring with you) can be found in our Information & Regulations.

Information & Regulations

IWMS Music Theory

There are eight Music Theory grades, plus one introductory level

Our Music Theory exams are key to the knowledge required, not only for the understanding and performance of the pieces in practical exams, but also for the technical work, discussion and aural test elements.

Step and Grades 1-8 are offered in all sessions

IWMS Piano

There are eight LCM Piano grades, plus three introductory levels, four performance diplomas and three teaching diplomas.

The standard graded exams consist of a performance of three pieces, technical work, sight reading, a discussion and aural tests.

We also provide alternatives to our standard examination format designed to offer something different to our diverse range of candidates

Course for Undergraduates

This course is specially designed for undergraduates to enhance music skills and basic music fundamentals. Throughout the course students will study basic notation, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, cadences, non-chord tones, form, part-writing and analysis of a score.

School Syllabus

This course is designed to enhance music skills and basic music fundamentals in the school syllabus from grade 6 to A/L s .Throughout the course of the year students will study basic notation, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, cadences, non-chord tones, form, part-writing and analysis of a score.

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