Grade 5 Theory Courses

Intensive, but fun courses, designed to go from no experience to grade 5 readiness in hours

Harmonia Music offers intensive courses for ABRSM Grade 5 Theory preparation.

The aim:
To cover the grade 5 ABRSM theory requirements in one course. 
By the end of the course follow-up materials, participants should be confident to take the online grade 5 exam. 
Please note that although these courses are intense, they are enjoyable and even been described as "fun"! 

To take part:
You must be a grade 4 music reader (i.e. already playing grade 4 pieces confidently) or above. You must be a fluent music reader.
Age 9 - adult

The course format:
3 x 2 hour zoom classes plus one session of 1 hour.
Quizlet class for each course providing online self-marking quizzes on each topic between sessions and after the course. 
Marking of 8 example papers by email (send pics or scans of completed papers in PDF format - instructions given!)

Grade 5 workbook (explaining how to tackle each topic in the exam)
8 Practice Papers (published by ABRSM - 4 written style, 4 online style)*
Parental guidance sheet.
Quizlet quizzes on all topics (free access to a private class for each course)

All printed resources will be sent out by post. 

£175 including all resources, follow-up marking, plus membership of the Quizlet class. 

To express your interest, please fill in THIS FORM.

Dates for the next course will be set once there are four or more people who have expressed an interest
Hopefully the next one will take place during the summer holidays.  
Minimum of 4 people, maximum of 12 people per course. 

Exam entry is not included in the course fee, and should be done by parents. 
From August 2021 you will be able to enter for the online theory exams any time and complete the exam online on any day, at any time. 
More information is available on the ABRSM website
Next courses: 
June 2021 
13th June 4-6pm, 20th June 4-6pm, 27th June 4-6pm, 4th July 5-6pm

August 2021 (exact dates tba)

Cost: £175 per person for course inclusive of marking of 8 papers and all materials (posted out)
(Individually - 7 hours tuition £280, 2 hours theory paper marking £80 = £360, papers £10)

*Why do written style papers to prepare for an online exam?
This is often the only time pupils will be taught how to physically write music correctly, which is a vital skill for any musician. The written style papers provide in depth coverage of the syllabus and can ensure greater understanding. The online exam is multiple choice, with NO actual writing involved at all, but candidates will find the ability to write music neatly will aid their note-taking and working out. For those thinking of GCSE, A-level and beyond, this will ensure they have all the skills they need.


Useful links

ABRSM exam help videos (watch before doing the exam!)
Try out an online style grade 5 exam here (this practice test is marked automatically)

Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra follow-up courses

Follow up courses are available after CHOA taster sessions at summer courses.
Information will be sent out by email. 

Results from March 21 online exam: 5 distinctions, 2 merits, 2 passes 
Results from Summer 20 pilot online exam: 2 passes, 2 distinctions
Results from Autumn 19: 3 passes, 2 merits, 2 distinctions
Results from Summer 19: 2 passes, 3 merits, 2 distinctions (including one 100/100!)

Results from Spring 19: 3 distinctions, 4 merits, 4 passes
Results from Autumn 18: 1 distinction, 2 passes
Results from Summer 18: 2 distinctions
Results from Spring 18: 2 passes, 1 merit, 1 distinction
Results from Autumn 17: 2 passes, 2 merits

Individual hour long lessons are also sometimes available at a rate of £40 per lesson.
For more information on any theory course contact  Kirsty Body: 07715556589,


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