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 various intensive courses throughout the year, both in person and online.
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 lots of past papers for you to make sure you are on track, and are proud to be the only course offering full phone/email support for 4 weeks after the course, after which you should be ready for the exam!
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. 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.
Our online courses became very popular over 2020 and we are happy to say we are continuing to offer this option. We have ejoyed being able to teach people in France, Dubai, Hong Kong and America over the last year! The online course runs for 2 hours each morning, over 4 days, with a short break in the middle. This allows students to have a great morning of learning, then get outside and enjoy the ret of the day, wherever they are!
We have found that this option often suits youger students, since there is more time to process the new material between sessions, and parents can even sit in with them.
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 full email/phone support for 4 weeks after the course, and you will 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.
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
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!