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Sheila Joynes Teaches Music Theory - On Video!

Sheila Joynes is delighted to announce that all the Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4 and Grade 5 modules in her 6-year project are now complete!

How much do the videos cost?

Sheila's aim has always been to make these videos available to as wide an audience as possible.  From the outset, it has been her policy that an entire course of modules - covering one whole grade of music theory should cost less than one single music lesson.

The contents of the videos

Level 1 / Grade 1

Level 1 Module 1

  • Note values - Semibreve or Whole Note*, Minim or Half Note, etc.*

  • Time signatures

  • Bar/Measure lines*

Level 1 Module 2

  • Ties

  • Dotted notes

  • Beaming notes

  • Writing a Rhythm - how to gain examination marks

Level 1 Module 3

  • Treble and Bass Clefs

  • Lines and Spaces

  • Writing Notes, (stems etc)

  • Ledger Lines

Level 1 Module 4

  • Tones and Semitones

  • Accidentals

  • Cancelling Accidentals

  • Scales

  • Key Signatures

  • The major keys of C, G, D and F

Level 1 Module 5

  • Tonic Triads

  • Intervals (Degrees of Scale)

  • Performance Directions

  • Italian Terms

  • The Download Address of Sheila's free Level 1 Trial Examination Paper and instructions

Level 2 / Grade 2

Level 2 Module 1

  • Introducing Triplets

  • More about Time Signatures

  • More about Ledger Lines

  • Transcribing from the Bass to Treble Clef and vice versa

  • Writing more complex 4 Bar Rhythms

  • Grouping Notes - making the rules as clear and simple as possible

  • How to tackle correcting music with mistakes (a regular Grade 2 examination question).

  • Addresses of Sheila's downloadable PDFs

Level 2 Module 2

  • The Major Keys up to three sharps and flats

  • The Minor Keys
    - Harmonic Minors
    - Melodic Minors

  • How the Minor keys are related to the Majors

  • Introduction to the "Circle of 5ths"

  • More about Intervals

  • Some new Performance Directions and Italian Terms

  • Addresses of Sheila's downloadable PDF

  • Address of the Grade 2 Mock Examination Paper and self-assessment answer sheet.

Level 3 / Grade 3

Level 3 Module 1

  • All about the new Key Signatures you will need to know for Grade 3.

Sheila describes, writes and explains all about the nine major keys you will be expected to know for your Grade 3 Music theory examination.

She also explains all about the nine minor keys that are the "relatives" to these nine majors and demonstrates these at the piano.

Level 3 Module 2

  • Introducing Compound Time

This is such an important (and potentially tricky) subject, that Compound Time warrants a whole 29 minutes to itself.

Sheila walks you through the subject, explaining the 'whys' as well as the facts, to make sure you understand fully.  Essential information for passing a Grade 3 Music Theory Examination.

Level 3 Module 3

  • A recap and test about Compound Time
  • The Anacrusis
  • Phrases

  • Demisemiquavers

  • More about 4 Bar (4 Measure*) Rhythms

  • More about Intervals

Level 3 Module 4

  • More about Ledger Lines - going higher up and lower down than we have before
  • Transcribing from the Treble to the Bass clef and vice versa

  • Transposing (as opposed to transcribing) up an octave and down an octave

  • The new Italian musical terms and signs you need to know at Grade 3

  • Sheila also teaches you to become a Music Detective.  You may be asked to work out what key a piece of music is written in.  Sheila shows you where the clues are!

  • Being the last module of the series, Sheila gives you the address of her mock Grade 3 Examination Paper as well as how to find the answer sheet, the FAQ and PDF documents that accompany this video.

Level 4 / Grade 4

Level 4 Module 1

  • A recap of simple and compound time signatures
  • Introducing a new simple time signature
  • Introducing a new note length and its rest
  • Rewriting simple time into compound time
  • Rewriting compound time into simple time
  • Correcting grouping and correcting incorrectly written compound time music
  • Some examples of 9/8 and 12/8 music - both played and written

Level 4 Module 2

  • The Alto Clef
  • New Key Signatures with up to 5 sharps and flats
  • Double Sharps
  • Double Flats
  • Enharmonic Equivalents
  • Chromatic Scales

Level 4 Module 3

(This is a 720p HD video)
  • The technical names for the notes of the scale
  • Primary triads
    • Chords I  IV and V

    More complex intervals

    • Recap on major triads
    • Recap on minor triads
    • Augmented triads
    • Diminished triads

Level 4 Module 4

(This is a 720p HD video)
  • Four bar rhythms
  • Writing a rhythm to words
  • Ornaments
  • Performance Directions

Level 5 / Grade 5

Level 5 Module 1

(This is a 720p HD video)
  • Irregular time signatures
  • The Tenor Clef
  • Beyond duplets and triplets
  • The scales with six sharps and flats

Level 5 Module 2

(This is a 720p HD video)
  • Compound intervals
  • Transposing Instruments
  • Transposition for instruments in B flat, A and F.

Level 5 Module 3

(This is a 720p HD video)
  • Chords and their inversions
  • Cadences
  • Extending a melody

Level 5 Module 4

(This is a 720p HD video)
  • More about ornaments
  • Writing for vocal parts and choirs
  • Close Score and Open Score
  • The Italian and German terms and signs for Level 5
  • Being the last module of the series, Sheila gives you the address of her mock Grade 5 Examination Paper, the FAQ and the PDF documents that accompany this video.

  • Plus a final FREE video
    Given the more complex nature of the Grade 5 examination, Sheila not only provides the answers in written form, but she has also made a video that goes through the answers, question by question. This 40m minute video is free of charge and the download address is included at the bottom of the question paper.

All About Key Signatures

A Sheila Joynes Special Edition Video

Everything you will ever need to know about key signatures from beginner to Grade 8

  • Major keys with sharps
  • Major keys with flats
  • How to instantly recognise any major key signature
  • Key signature mnemonics
  • The circle of 5ths (with some fun computer graphics to make sure you understand)
  • The minor keys
  • Addresses of Sheila's downloadable PDFs


* Teaching Language

A question we are often asked is, "Does Sheila use terms such as 'Semibreves, Minims and Bars', or 'Whole Notes, Half Notes and Measures'?"  The answer is, both.  Sheila explains clearly that there are different terms in use worldwide and uses both interchangeably and together in her teaching.  Those familiar with either set of terms will feel right at home - and they will become familiar with both sets of terms; this in itself, is a valuable lesson.