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Standard past papers for Grade 1 theory
on 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 a set of past papers (ie the 4 in this booklet) at this grade if you want to be really familiar with the layout and get a good mark in the exam. These follow on nicely from Music Theory in Practice or Music Theory for Young Musicians Grade 1 but it's hard to get a really good mark from the books alone. Model answers are available separately should you need them. Even if you are not taking the exam but just working through the grades up to 5, it's worth having a look at the past papers on the way as they often reveal gaps in your knowledge you didn't know you had!
I used to say to pupils it didn't matter what year 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.