The ABRSM Grade 5 exam requires pupils to learn a lot of performance directions. The Grade 5 Music Theory performance directions list is super long because it adds together all the terms from Grade 1-4 and then new Italian and German musical terms specific to Grade 5.
Whenever I am teaching my own students I recommend practising directions little and often. To do this it helps to break down the the words into manageable chunks, such as by type or language. There are a lot of words so learn, so take your time!
Want to know what else you need to know to ace your exam? Have a look at our complete guide to ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.
Performance Direction Quiz
To help you practice we have a performance directions for each of grades 1-5. The questions are always different so you can take them as many times as you like. Check the Grade 5 Quiz below.
Below is an alphabetical list of all the Grade 5 Music Theory Performance Directions you need to know.
Grade 5 Italian Terms
|Alla misura||in strict time|
|Attacca||go straight on to next section|
|Doppio movimento||twice as fast|
|Estinto||as soft as possible, lifeless|
|Loco||at a normal pitch|
|Lunga pausa||long pause|
|Lusingando||sweet and persuasive|
|Piangevole||plaintive, in the style of a lament|
|Pochettino, poch||rather little|
|Rinforzando, rf, rfz||reinforcing|
|Segue||go straight on|
|Senza misura||in free time|
|Smorzando, smorz.||dying away in tone and speed|
|Teneramente, tenerezza||tenderly, tenderness|
Grade 5 German Terms
|bewegt||with movement, agitated|
|Mässig||at a moderate speed|
What about Grades 1-4?
Remember that as part of Grade 5 you can be tested on all of the performance directions from grades 1-4. Enter your email below to get our complete list of all the performance directions you could be asked about.
Ways to Memorise Performance Directions
- Use our free quizzes to practise all the grade 1 to 5 terms.
- Focus on performance directions in your exam pieces and in your instrument lessons.
- Use flashcards to remember specific terms.
Try a Grade 5 Exam
Ready for the real thing? Why not try our free Grade 5 Theory sample paper.