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The course takes place at our house in Cricklewood, NW2. We are on the Jubilee Line on the tube (Willesden Green or Kilburn) or Cricklewood Thameslink stations. Our Glasgow courses are held in a central location close to Partick. We keep our groups small (around 7) so we are able to spend enough time with each student and ensure they are getting the help they need. These courses are aimed at 11-17 year olds but if you are outside this age range do get in touch as we may be able to accommodate you. 

Grade 5 Theory

In case you haven't noticed, we LOVE music theory... it is the key (pun definitely intended!) to becoming an amazing musician in whatever instrument you choose. Music theory is a fascinating subject which can also be FUN! (Yes, really!) We do know, however, that it can appear suddenly as a barrier to the higher grades which is why, as well as offering individual tuition, we offer intensive courses throughout the year. 

Two Day Intensive Course:

  • Covers everything you need to know to take the Grade 5 Theory exam in just two days!
  • Includes our sepcially written workbook, pencils & last year's past paper booklet
  • Includes the marking of all of last year's past papers by email after the course
  • Access to our online resourses to aid with revision
  • Extra revision material for the big mark questions included in workbook
  • Lunch, snacks, drinks, (and games!) all provided

Revision Afternoon:

  • For students who have already studied the syllabus and are taking the exam that term
  • This is a revision session so we focus on the big mark questions, we do not cover the whole syllabus
  • Perfect for students who have been on one of our two day courses and want some extra help closer to the exam

grade 5 theory course

There will be lots of group work around the table and some individual work too, so everyone gets the chance to go through some of the things they find difficult with us, one to one. Snacks, drinks and lunch are provided and on sunny days we sometimes sit out in the garden, the fresh air helps get those brains going! Everything is provided for you - we use our own workbooks written specifically for the course by Hannah. Past papers, pencils and cake is all provided too!

After the course our students will have all the knowledge they need to prepare for the exam and they might even make some new friends along the way! We also mark all of last year's past papers for you to make sure you are on track and are available for support right up until the exam date. 

What some of our past students and parents say about us...

Natalia (Year 6 student):

"The intensive summer course was excellent, it really helped me to understand all the hard topics and taught me a few tricks. The autumn refresher then helped me with the right focus just before the exam. I would not have passed the Grade 5 Theory without these courses! And at the end I was very pleased to get a distinction!"

Adriana (parent):

"We were extremely lucky to have found these courses. Thanks to Hannah’s lessons and great advice our daughter swam through the preparation and the exam itself with ease and achieved a distinction mark. She did not have any other tuition for theory as her piano teacher was focusing on her preparation for Grade 6 practice in parallel.

The course was well prepared, with a clear agenda shared in advance and followed up by additional material afterwards. Our daughter appreciated the friendly atmosphere and the fact that these were group courses so she benefited from sharing with other students. We also very much appreciated the offer to get test papers checked and marked, that was a great help just before the exam.

Thank you very much, Hannah!"

See more reviews from parents on our Facebook page here!


If you can't make the next course, why not get a group of friends together and we can run another one just for you! Just give us a call or email us and we will see what dates we have available. We also offer individual theory tuition on a regular or one off basis.



2 Day Courses 10.30am-3pm

6/7 April - London  FULL 

15/16 April - Glasgow  FULL 

25/26 May - London  1 space 

27/28 May - London 2 spaces 

27/28 July - London

17/18 August - London


£275 per student - lunch, snacks and drinks included.


Revision Afternoon 2-5pm

Saturday 1st June

£50 per student - snacks and drinks included.


* ABRSM Exam Dates *

Saturday 15th June

(entry deadline 10th May)

Wednesday 6th November

(entry deadline 27th September)

"The intensive summer course was excellent, it really helped me to understand all the hard topics and taught me a few tricks" - Natalia

Thank you very much for a wonderful few days. She thoroughly enjoyed herself and said theory of music was fun! You clearly have the knack of bringing the subject to life in a way that children can understand" - Gilly

"I really enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and games (especially the cupcake game) to make the learning more enjoyable" - Chaya

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