The Grade 2 syllabus includes everyhing in Grade 1, including music terms and signs, with the addition of:
1] Simple time signatures of two two, three two, four two, three eight, and the grouping of notes and rests within these times.
Triplets, and triplet note groups with rests. Questions will include the composition of simple fourbar rhythms starting on the first beat of the bar and using a given opening.
2] Extension of the stave to include two ledger lines below and above each stave.
3] Composition: Questions will include the composition of simple four bar rhythms starting on the first beat of the bar and using a given opening.
4] Extension of the stave to include two ledger lines below and above each stave.
5] Construction of the minor scale (harmonic or melodic at candidate’s choice, but candidates will be expected to know which form they are using). Scales and key signatures of the major keys of A, Bb and Eb, and the minor keys of A, E and D, with their tonic triads (root position), Degrees of the scale (number only), and intervals above the tonic (by number only).
Semi-staccato or Half-staccato
The staccato dots are written inside a slur. The notes should be slightly separated (semi-staccato), but less than regular staccato.
Accents in music – Marcato
The notes marked with the accent symbols as illustrated below are accented and slightly separated.
Tenuto – Held note
Tenuto means that the note is held with some pressure.
Staccatissimo - Extreme staccato
In extreme staccato the note is somewhat shortened in duration because of the detachment. The wedge symbol is used above or inverted below the note head as indicated in the illustration below.
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