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on 24 January 2014
Excellent material to work on, after you have presumably finished working through the Music Theory in Practice books of the relevant level(also ABRSM). Every year has its own set of 4 papers published (this set is for 2013), so it is useful to work through timed papers from the last few years (I've used the 2009-2011-2012 papers and will be ordering this one too). I also use the Eric Taylor Music Theory textbooks, although note that neither are exactly child-friendly and even my first-year undergraduates felt a bit uneasy with the presentation; however the Music Theory in Practice workbooks continue to be the best option available, despite their own shortcomings. Note also that Music Theory Answers is always a separate publication- you can always check for clarification on the ABRSM website itself. Both the Papers and the Answers have very clear titles stating the content exactly, so cannot really be confused. As a teacher I don't use the model answers booklet, but perhaps somebody with less experience or a pupil would probably need to see them. Good luck in your exams!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 20 June 2014
For those unfamiliar with the format, ABRSM publish each year the previous years' exam papers. This set, as they all do, contains 4 past papers, the one set in the spring session, the summer session, the autumn session and an extra paper. I would recommend working through at least two different booklets for Grade 5 (ie 8 papers) if you want to be really familiar with the layout and get a good mark in the exam. These follow on nicely from the ABRSM Music Theory in Practice books but it's hard to get a really good mark from the books alone. Model answers are available separately should you need them.
I used to say to pupils it didn't matter what year past papers you got and to a certain extent it doesn't. However, I have noticed very subtle changes in the language and even questions over the 20 years I've been teaching this (I know, old!) so I now recommend pupils get the latest year they can - of which 2013 currently is.
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on 15 March 2014
My daughter's piano teacher recommended getting past papers to practise. There are 4 in each booklet. There are no answers so you need someone experienced to be able to mark them (that's what the piano teacher did). Cheapest and most effective way to practise theory.
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on 14 April 2014
It is Always very useful for candidates to try past papers in atime limit and see the laay out and mark allocation
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on 4 April 2014
good quality books to be use for exam use and practice, hopefully my son will pass his music exam in one go.
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on 21 January 2014
This item is listed as Theory past papers and answers but does not contain answers. They have to be ordered separately; this should be made clearer.
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on 29 June 2014
Good for exam prep. Contains 3 papers from that particular sitting. Doesn't come with any guide answers, otherwise it will be 5 stars! Need to go through with teacher or someone with sound musical theory.
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 19 December 2014
Useful practice papers to help student prepare for exam. Best to use the most recent available. Bought the model answers as well and glad I did.
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on 22 July 2015
x5 practice papers, just like the real thing, so great to practice with, but you need someone to mark them for you, as there are no answers.
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on 4 February 2016
I don't love Theory of Music, but this has helped me a lot in my practice and revision for my upcoming Grade 5 exam
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