Intensive zoom courses designed to prepare students for ABRSM grade 5 theory

  • covers grade 1-5 requirements in ONE course
  • extensive Quizlet follow-up activities, and practice paper marking included
  • all materials provided by post (workbook, practice papers, Quizlet access)
  • no previous experience required
  • minimum of 4 people, maximum of 12 people per course.
  • fun sessions, designed to provide maximum learning without becoming stressful.

To take part you must be a grade 4+ music reader (i.e. already reading and playing grade 4+ pieces confidently). 

Age 9 to adult.  Any level of theory experience accepted from zero to already working towards grade 5. 

The course format:

3 days of zoom teaching sessions 11am-12.20pm and 2pm-3pm each day   OR at weekends (times by mutual agreement!)

Participants should allow time between the sessions to use Quizlet to reinforce concepts

Remote marking of 8 example papers


£180 early bird price     £200 standard place price 

A £50 deposit (or full payment if preferred) is due immediately on applying to be on a course.

Resources are only sent out once FULL payment is received, so needs to be completed 7 days before the course to ensure delivery! 

Individually = 7 hours tuition @ £40 per hour, 2 hours of marking £80 plus papers £15 = £375

To express your interest in any course or individual tuition, please fill in this APPLICATION FORM.

Exam entry is not included in the course fees. The exam fee is currently £54. 

Please also read through the FAQ page which has additional information.


May half-term holiday course (confirmed) 28th -30th May  11am-12.20pm and 2-3pm   (early bird rate ends 10th May) 

Summer holiday course 1 (provisional) 31st July -2nd August  11am-12.20pm and 2-3pm   (early bird rate ends 10th July) 

Summer holiday course 2 (provisional) 12th -14th August  11am-12.20pm and 2-3pm   (early bird rate ends 24th July) 

PLEASE check all dates carefully as school holidays may be different in your area, especially half-terms. 

Private 1-to-1 courses are available by special arrangement. 

Comments from course graduates and their parents!

"Having looked at lots of different options for my daughter to study her grade 5 theory, I came across Kirsty’s course and felt that it ticked all our boxes, both in terms of intensity and also quality of learning. Kirsty was a patient and knowledgeable teacher, covering all the content that was needed, whilst also making learning fun. Her feedback after each practice test was invaluable. Clear, constructive and positive. This helped enormously when embarking on the next practice paper. My daughter passed the exam first time and I would not hesitate to recommend this course for achieving grade 5."  parent feedback
“Kirsty was really helpful. She explained everything really well and in a way that was easy to understand. The course was fast paced but she always has time to answer any questions. Thank you. ” Issy aged 14
"Great news! X obtained a distinction 92%! 
Thank you for all your help. She found your course and notes very helpful. Grade 5 theory is tricky, especially for a young child but she found your method of teaching very entertaining, engaging and easily understood. Thank you very much!" Parent feedback  (9 yr old pupil)

"Kirsty covered everything my daughter needed to know in a clear and engaging way while maintaining a relaxed style on a topic that can sometimes be seen as anything other than relaxing! Between sessions, the online quizlets consolidated the learning and built the confidence needed to go further.  After the course, Kirsty fed back really quickly whenever we submitted practice papers - if only the real exam results came back so fast!  Thank you, Kirsty, for all of your help in making music theory fun and memorable!" Parent feedback

"Grade 5 theory seemed scary to start with but Kirsty’s intense course made it easy to learn and fun to do. With useful quizlets, lots of practice and very helpful feedback, I was ready to take and pass the exam quicker than I thought possible! Thank you so much Kirsty!" Student’s feedback

"Thank you so much for your helping my daughter to pass her theory test in a short period of time. You were very organised, patient, friendly and made her confident to ask questions during the lessons. Your comments on the past papers made an excellent value to understand the test. She also learnt how to study a test by herself. Many thanks." Parent feedback

"Thank you so very much for your wonderful course, guidance and explanations throughout this whole process, it has been very much appreciated. My son has learnt a lot, not just the theory but a whole lot of exam and study skills that he’ll need in the future."  Parent feedback

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