Booking is now closed for Easter 2018. If you need a place urgently, please contact me to see if I can fit you in; otherwise, my next courses will run in July 2018. Dates will be confirmed, and booking will open in May.

Please note: you do not have to be currently taking lessons with me to register for a Theory Course, they are open to all! If you haven’t had lessons with me before, I’ll need to have a quick chat with you (usually by email) to find out a bit about your background before we get started, but feel free to book your place straight away!

Whilst theory is something that is inherent to all our instrumental lessons to some degree, these one-to-one or group courses are designed to cover the entire syllabus for the ABRSM examinations in just five or ten days of dedicated theory lessons, freeing up more time in our regular lessons for practical work.

Understanding the ways in which music is written down is an incredibly valuable component of musical education; with good theoretical knowledge, we improve our sight reading, develop autonomy in learning new music, and of course begin to express and share our own musical ideas! I have been running theory courses for several years now, and with great success – not only do my students have a 100% pass rate, but to date 70% of those passes have been at Distinction level.

I offer a choice of five-day or ten-day courses for ABRSM Grades 1 to 5, during school holiday periods.


Course Fees are payable in full on booking. Your fee includes one-to-one or small-group (no more than three students) tuition covering the whole syllabus for the grade; a workbook; twelve practice exam papers (including unlimited marking between the end of the course and the exam); and entry for the examination at the Birmingham centre on the next available date.

“Buddy Up” with a friend or sibling taking the same course – attend a shared lesson together and you’ll each get a 30% discount! Maximum of three students sharing.

All Courses run Monday to Friday; choose your lesson slot and attend at the same time each day over one or two weeks.

Full attendance is necessary to complete the Course and sit the exam. Cancellations of the full course with less than one week’s notice, or missed sessions once the course has begun, are non-refundable. Sessions may be rescheduled in mitigating circumstances, and subject to availability.

I recommend that each Grade is covered in sequence; in order to get the most out of the Grade 5 Course, for example, students should have previously completed Grades 1-4 (with or without sitting the exam). If you wish to cover more than one Grade, please get in touch and I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

Details of upcoming Courses:

Summer Holidays
Five and Ten-day Courses planned for July 2018, details to be confirmed