Grade 5 Theory Courses

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

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

The aim:
To cover the grade 5 ABRSM theory requirements in one course (including all grade 1-4 requirements)
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 zoom 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 in at least one clef (treble, bass or alto)   Age 9 - adult
You do NOT have to have done any music theory before the course, as everything from grade 1-5 is covered.
ANY level of theory experience is accepted - even if you think you're working at grade 4-5 already. 

The online course format:
3 days:  Session One 11am -12.20pm  (1 hour 20 mins) Session Two 2pm -3pm (1 hour)
Participants should allow some time between sessions to use Quizlet to reinforce concepts.
Quizlets remain available for a year after the course.  
Marking of 8 example papers by email.

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 are sent out by post. 

Fees: (including all resources, follow-up marking, plus membership of the Quizlet class)
£175 early bird price (fully paid at least 2 weeks before the course)
A £50 deposit is due immediately on applying to be on a course. 
This deposit is refunded or transfered if a course is cancelled)
£200 late place price (paid within 2 weeks of the course start date)
(Individually - 7 hours tuition £280, 2 hours theory paper marking £80 = £360, plus papers £10)
To express your interest, please fill in THIS FORM.

Minimum of 4 people, maximum of 12 people per course. 

The Exam:
Exam entry is not included in the course fee, and should be completed by parents. 
You are now 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. 
You'll need around 6-8 weeks from the end of the course to do all the practice papers and be fully prepared. 
It's possible to do them quicker, but this is usually how long people take!

Next courses (all days are 11-12.20pm AND 2-3pm)

Spring half-term course 2022 Monday 14th - Wednesday 16th February

Early bird price valid until Sunday 30th January.

Easter Holiday course 2022  Monday 11th April - Wednesday 13th April
(dates changed to avoid clashes with Cambridgeshire Holiday Orchestra course)

Early bird price valid until Sunday 27th March

Summer half-term course 2022  Monday 30th May - Wednesday 1st June

Early bird price valid until Sunday 15th May

Summer Holiday course 2022 1 Monday 25th July - Wednesday 27th July

Early bird price valid until Sunday 10th July

Private 1-1 courses are available by arrangement.

*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.

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,


"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, September 2021.

"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 September 2021

"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 June 2021



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