Grade 5 Theory Courses

Inspirational Music Theory Courses & Tuition 

London & Online

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ABRSM Grade 5 Theory Courses

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 two day courses throughout the year. 

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

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, who teaches the course, 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! 

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. Online courses are on Zoom. We keep our groups small (up to 10 in person, around 5 online) 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...

"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!" - Adriana

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 would like to discuss that syllabus just ask, ABRSM accept it and it's really interesting! 

***** ONLINE COURSES - Additional Details *****

We have two options for our online courses: 5 mornings or 2 full days over school holidays. On the full day course the structure is mostly the same as the in person course. Each morning and afternoon is divided in to hourly sessions with a short break in between and half an hour for lunch. Mornings only vourses are two hours eacn morning, with a short break in the middle. The total teaching time is 10 hours for all courses. 

We use Zoom which allows us to share our screen, so the students can see exactly how we are working things out, and even annotate on screen handouts for everyone to see, just like at the in person courses. We play games, have races on Quizlet Live and take turns answering questions so we are sure that everyone is focussed and understands everything. 

We will post out all materials to you the week before the course and you will be emailed the class link and password a few days before the coure starts. Just like with our regular courses, they are supported with marking and extra practie materials after the course and receive a full email breadown with our suggestions for what to do next. 

The fee for the online course is the same as the in person course, but we keep our groups much smaller (around 5 students instead of 10) in order to maintain the same quality of teaching people have come to expect from us. 

We are so excited that we are now able to offer our signature courses to more people outside of London, thanks to amazing technology! Please give us a call if you want to have a chat about anything or book a place. 


All courses are currently online, all you need is a good wifi connection and you are ready to go!



2 Day Courses 10am-3.30pm

Morning Courses 10am-12pm

25/26 July - 2 day Online FULL

10-14 Aug - (AM)  Online FULL

24/25 Aug - 2 day Online

19/20 Sept - Mid Term

17/18 Oct - Half Term

£295 per student 

All materials provided


Online Exam Walkthrough 

Monday 10th August 1-3pm

Look through the new online paper and ask anything you like about how to use your knowledge to tackle the new style questions!

£25 per student 


* 2020 ABRSM Exam Dates *

***ABRSM theory exams grades 1-5 are now ONLINE exams ***


Online pilot exam

26th August

(entry deadline 31st July)

Tuesday 10th November 5pm

(entry deadline 4th October)

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

"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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