Grade 5 Music Theory
Grade 5 Music Theory

Welcome to the home of free, clear and reliable video lessons in music theory. Music theory is the language of music and is knowledge every musician should have.

Whether you are studying music at school, college or university, learning an instrument or just interested in music generally, the videos on this site are designed to supplement your learning at your own pace. All videos on this site have been produced by Stephen Wiles – a highly qualified and experienced music teacher, currently the Head of e-Learning and Teacher of Music at a high-achieving independent school in Sheffield, UK.

Videos are organised by grade and topic. Organisation by grade is exactly in line with The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) syllabus. If you are learning an instrument or music theory in the UK and indeed most parts of the world, it is highly likely that the ABRSM syllabus will be the one you’re following. For students in the USA, all ABRSM topics are also part of the AP Music Theory syllabus.

Our videos are hugely popular across the globe and are used daily to help students, teachers and professional musicians understand and enjoy the intricacies of music theory. From the UK to the USA and from India to Iceland, our ever expanding collection of video resources are helping musicians get the most from their studies. We’re also a big presence on YouTube where, on our channel, you can find even more testimonials from some of the millions of viewers who have now viewed our video collections.

If you’d like to get in touch and tell us how you discovered Music Theory Videos or if you’d like to request a topic for our new ‘Clinic’, we’d love to hear from you! Contacting us has never been easier.

Enjoy your music theory studies!


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Finally someone who can break down transposition into simple and understandable steps. Thank you so much! I'm ready for my test now. (Transposition: Part 3)

Testimonial 11

People like you deserve Nobel prizes. You are helping to make the world a better place...These videos contain a tremendous amoung of valuable information. Well put together and easy to understand. You are awesome man. (Melodic Minor Scales)

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I've been playing the piano for 30 years...I find your instruction to be one of the clearest I've ever seen of these principles of music theory. I'm going to recommend your videos to anyone I know who wants to learn music. (Key Signatures: Part 2)

Testimonial 9

Dear MusicTheoryGuy. I'll be 70 next month...I love all your lessons and the way you explain things so clearly. Thank you very much. (Key Signatures: Part 1)

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MusicTheoryGuy...You are a legend. Thanks for the videos. Awesome! (MusicTheoryGuy YouTube Channel)

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Thank you so much. I have been reading-up on semitones and tones yet nothing seemed to explain it simple enough for me. I then found your video and I understand. You help a lot; thanks! (Accidentals and Semitones)

Testimonial 6

Brilliant videos - so clearly explained and no corners cut (Understanding Intervals: Part 4)

Testimonial 5

These are wonderful lessons. Please keep posting them. (Melodic Minor Scales)

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Wow, you've got a great talent for teaching! I have absolutely no idea how I got through to piano grade 6 in 5 years with hardly even knowing this. Your students must be very successful and lucky. Thank you SO MUCH I don't think I could have pass my exam without your help. (Minor Scales)

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Thank you so much for all your videos, you are a massive help, and it's so generous of you to give so much of your time to help people you will probably never meet!  I am finding them so much easier to learn from than text. Your teaching is excellent (Understanding Intervals: Part 1)

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WOW - Finally someone who knows how to explain this stuff! - (Time Signatures: Part 1)

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The clearest explanation of music theory I have ever seen. Awesome simplicity in the diagrams and logically scripted.