Music Theory: Grade 6 Stage 1 and 2

This is a new course for all those wishing to prepare for the Grade 6 Theory exam, and for those with an intermediate understanding of music theory who wish to develop their interest further.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Who is this course for

Students must have Grade 5 Theory or the equivalent knowledge/practical experience. Players and singers of intermediate experience/ability would also benefit from this course. Keyboard skills are desirable and will greatly facilitate study.

What does this course cover

This course aims to develop your understanding of more complex areas of music theory, as prescribed by Trinity syllabus. It will also help you develop the tools necessary for writing down your own musical ideas.

The Trinity syllabus is well-structured and broken down into small, manageable units. These include some areas already familiar to students of earlier ABRSM grades (compound intervals, rests, working out a key of a piece of music, scales, transposition) as well as new elements which cover melodic composition (using pentatonic, blues scale and Aeolian mode), secondary triads, dominant and diminished 7th chords, figured bass, cadences, harmonic sequences, 4-part chords, short and open score, and music/stylistic analysis of the Baroque period. Further, more detailed information on the syllabus is available on the Trinity website

By the end of the course you should be able to
1. Have a clear understanding of the topics covered.
2. Be able to demonstrate this understanding by applying it to relevant written and aural exercises.
3. Be able to work through these exercises independently and unaided (depending on progress in the class)

What will it be like

It will be taught in a seminar/workshop environment

The piano will be used when demonstrating various aspects. Input and discussion from students will be encouraged. Sol-fa will be used to sing and so to embody musical concepts and musical examples will be used to demonstrate music ideas.
All written work done by students will be checked regularly. At the same time special attention will be given to various additional questions/ difficulties as they arise.
Students will also be given the opportunity to evaluate their own progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Theory of Music Workbook (Grade 6) by Naomi Yandell (£9.00)
(Trinity College London Press Ltd) available at music shops

Manuscript Paper to suit your requirements
Homework will be set on a regular basis in order to consolidate learning and it is necessary for students to complete this, circumstances allowing. Instrumental lessons are strongly encouraged.

What this course could lead to

Instrumental lessons, choir singing, further theoretical studies; studying for higher grade examinations, practical and theory. Please ask for advice.
Students may like to consider enrolling in one of the choirs at the Mary Ward Centre, or in any other ensemble classes.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.

Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: tel: 0800 101 901, and from the following websites:;;;;

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Got a Question about this Course?

Contact The Departmental Administrator.

Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’