ABRSM 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. Music theory is a fascinating subject which can also be FUN! (Yes, really!) but we do know that if you take ABRSM instrumental exams, it can appear suddenly as a barrier to the higher grades which is why 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

There will be lots of group work around the table and some individual work too. Everything is provided for you - we use our own workbooks written specifically for the course by Hannah and all the food is homemade by Alistair, even the popcorn! Past papers, pencils and cake is all provided too. 

If we have time, the children are welcome to try out any of our instruments - drum kit, guitars, ukulele, piano, bass guitar... and we sometimes have a go at writing and playing some graphic scores! 

grade 5 theory course

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 we are available for support right up until the exam date. 

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 10-17 year olds but if your child is outside this age range do get in touch as we also occasionally run groups specifically for younger students at a slightly more relaxed pace. 

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.

PS... We do teach Trinity theory too but don't get asked often as it isn't a requirement. If you are interested in that syllabus intead, just ask, ABRSM accept it and it's really interesting! 



2 Day Courses 10.30am-3pm

21/22 September 2019 -  FULL! 

19/20 October -2019

25/26 January 2020 - ages 8+

15/16 February 2020 


£295 per student - lunch, snacks and drinks included.


Revision Afternoon 2-5pm

Saturday 26th October 2019 FULL! 

Saturday 22nd February 2020

£50 per student - snacks and drinks included.


* ABRSM Exam Dates *

Wednesday 6th November 2019

(entry deadline 27th September)

We can also make the exam entry for you - just ask when you book your course!

We also offer a full support option the term of the exam - email us for details! 

"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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