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Catalogue #: MHM555500
ISBN: 9780953500703


Take Five, written by Christopher Dunn is an essential manual for students preparing for the Grade Five Theory of Music examination of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Take Five takes a completely fresh approach to the teaching and learning of music theory. It is full of innovative methods, devices and tips to help students learn and remember the rules and formulae of theory up to Grade 5 Standard.

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8 out of 10


West Lothian GB
Content is well laid out.
Also contains lower level content for people like me who have gone straight in at level 5 theory
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Confirmed purchase: 23 January 2017
Published on: 07 February 2017
10 out of 10


Petersfield GB
I have been teaching theory for 40+ years and this is the best book I've seen for taking a theory student quickly and effectively to Grade 5. It explains the principles and structures in a clear and informal style, at the same time as preparing for the test questions themselves.
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Confirmed purchase: 12 September 2016
Published on: 29 September 2016
10 out of 10


Saffron Walden GB
Very well set out. Relevant information clearly defined.
Shame there are no exercises
Confirmed purchase: 26 August 2016
Published on: 20 September 2016

Musicroom Reviews

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Customer Rating I'm so glad I found this book. It's helpful to both students and teachers when preparing for Grade 5 Theory, with very useful easy-to-understand tips. I wish the author would write one for all the grades!

Customer Rating An absolutely fantastic book! You will not need any other theory book to pass your Grade 5. Simple, clever, concise without being too academic or complex. Very easy to understand. Bravo to the author!

Customer Rating I have been using this book for a number of years with all my Grade 5 students. It is concise and user-friendly.
I would recommend this to anyone taking Grade 5, either as a stand alone study aid or as a supplementary alongside lessons from a teacher.
See more reviews by Musicmum - (Thornton-Cleveleys, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This book really helped with the exam; straightforward and easy to understand. Prompt delivery, excellent service.

Customer Rating Good clear expainations. Great advise tips on how to complete the exam paper successfully. Have used other Grade 5 theory books, have found this to be the best by far.

Customer Rating Very good book for my daughter, aged 13. She had been struggling with the traditional ABRSM theory books, but finds this one much easier to understand.

Customer Rating An excellent buy; getting a teenage boy to do the theory on top of three instruments in the middle of the rugby season needs some real incentive. This distils the required knowledge into achievable 'chunks'

Customer Rating When I started learning clarinet just before my 65th birthday I told my teacher that I would not bother with exams.

Well, I am about to take my Grade 4 Clarinet and she told me that I will need to have Grade 5 theory before I get to Clarinet 6. I plan to do Clarinte 5 in March next.

I have been practicing Theory 4 papers and am now studying to do Theory 5; this book is a great way to get a detailed summary of what is needed to take and pass this exam.

This will be my first THEORY exam and it is helping me to understand and approach the paper with more confidence. Hopefully it will prove it's worth when the day comes!!
See more reviews by Chris Oliff - (Bristol, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This is an excellent book. It is many years since I learnt music theory as a child, but I now accompany choirs and school assemblies on the piano to such an extent that I have been considering taking my Grade 8 exam. However, I can't do that without the Grade 5 theory. This book is set out clearly, and covers the basics first, reminding me of the bits I have forgotten before explaining the more difficult elements. Very pleased!

Customer Rating Brilliant! Contains all you need to know to pass grade 5 theory! I use it for my pupils from around grade 3 onwards. It's easy to understand, fun,and less formal than many other such books. Thoroughly recommended!
See more reviews by - (Sandy, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This is a great book. I studied theory many, many years ago and am now trying to help my children work towards grade 5 . This book has simplified many aspects for us -including for the 9 year old. The author is enthusiastic and encouraging. It is packed with helpful tips- but still very readable.We read through the relevant sections together before tackling that particular section in the test book.It is usually straightforward enough for all the children to understand, with little further explanation from me-thank goodness! I feel encouraged that the four of us will pass grade5 with this book's help. Highly recommended!

Customer Rating Well written and organised - far easier to understand than the grade by grade versions.
See more reviews by skannox - (Tonbridge, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating very useful book
See more reviews by prim - (Deeside, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Very useful book
See more reviews by prim - (Deeside, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Brilliant book,that I advise all my Grade 5 students to buy. Accessible and unstuffy - an invaluable aid.
See more reviews by Musicmum - (Thornton-Cleveleys, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating An invaluable resource for my students that need to swot up quickly on theory in order to sit their Grade 5 examination. It is clear, concise and gets to the point without having to wade through pages and pages of information, unlike the AB Music Theory in Practice books that are far too complicated at times. Highly recommended!
See more reviews by http://www.se22piano.co.uk - (East Dulwich, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I think this is an excellent book. I am using it as a teaching tool for Grade 5 theory with a 10 year old. I would not expect her to read it though, probably more suitable for older children, if working alone.

Customer Rating Easy to read, easy to understand guide to the theory needed for Grade 5 (and above). Written well with good use of humour.
See more reviews by Diamond Dave - (Scunthorpe, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating This book is very good, exactly what it told me it would be. Simple to understand, and covering all aspects of grade 5 theory.

Customer Rating excellent guide for those with practical experience and wish to fast tract to G5. It cuts through the pedantic work in the ABRSM workbooks
See more reviews by Mossie - (PENARTH , United Kingdom)

Customer Rating Fantastic book! Very helpful for the exam. Thanks for the authors!
See more reviews by Yujuan - (Stockholm, Sweden)

Customer Rating I highly recommend this book. Using it with my daughter she sailed through her grade 5 theory exam, and without any prior theory training.

Customer Rating Fantastic book at a very good price well worth buying. Great to use alongside ABRSM workbook. Excellent tips and words of sound advice.
See more reviews by Anne - (Haverfordwest, United Kingdom)

Customer Rating I bought this book for my daughter who is entering the grade 5 theory exam for the third time. She is very impressed with it, she says she now understands things that she was never sure of before. The book is very user friendly, easy to work through even for a complete novice like me because everything is explained in an easy to grasp way. An essential buy for anyone doing grade 5 theory.

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Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: Not specified
Format: Theory
Length: 52 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Marlborough House Music
Author: Christopher Dunn

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