This course has concessions available

Music Theory Grade V: Revision

This course is aimed at Students who have already started their Grade 5 theory and need revision sessions, is to prepare for your exam later in the year.

This course is not suitable for students who are just starting grade 5.

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

This is a course for all those wishing to prepare for the Grade 5 Theory exam, and for those with an intermediate understanding of music theory who wish to develop their interest further. Players and singers of intermediate experience/ability would also benefit from this course. It is spread over two terms to enable full preparation for the on-line exam which can be taken in June (or later, at the student's preference).

What does this course cover

This course aims to develop your understanding of more complex areas of music theory, as prescribed by ABRSM syllabus.

Topics covered will include:
Irregular time signatures
Tenor clef
Major and minor keys up to 6 sharps or flats
Naming chords
Chords at cadential points
Performance directions

1. Have a clear understanding of the topics covered.

2. Be able to demonstrate the 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. Recordings and video clips will sometimes be used.

How we assess your progress on the course
All written work done by students will be checked regularly. At the same time special attention will be given to various additional questions/ difficulties of individual students, i.e. discussions : group/one and one/one.

Students will also be given the opportunity to evaluate their own progress.

What else do you need to buy or do

Discovering Music Theory (Grade 5) by Simon Rushby (£8.95) (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)
This is a new workbook, designed to support the new format of exams

First Steps in Music Theory by Eric Taylor (£6.95)
(Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music)

Manuscript Paper

Some homework will be given each week. Students should be prepared to spend up from between an hour to two hours on this, though this will vary from student to student. It is recommended that students do the homework in order to make more sense of class work. It is also helpful to go over the material covered in the class during the week.
Instrumental lessons are strongly encouraged, as is singing in a choir when this becomes possible again.

What this course could lead to

Piano, or other instrumental lessons, choir/solo singing, Grade 6 Theory and above; entering for Associated Board examinations which require Grade 5 Theory. Please ask for advice.
Post-Covid theory exams are now taken on-line and the Centre can assist in providing technical support for taking these exams where necessary.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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