Booking is now open for Courses in February 2020!
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 each Theory Grade in just a few days of dedicated 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.
ABRSM or Trinity College?
Theory Courses can be adapted to cover either ABRSM or Trinity College London syllabuses – simply select your preferred exam board upon booking.
The Trinity syllabuses differ slightly from ABRSM, in as much as they are more focussed on composition and take a more modern approach overall. They are equally valuable, in that Grade 5 TCL is accepted by ABRSM to fulfil the prerequisite and allow progression to the higher practical grades, and Theory Grades 6-8 are worth the same number of UCAS points regardless of whether they are TCL or ABRSM. TCL offers benefits for students with an interest in composition, or who may be taking (or planning to take) GCSE or A’ Level Music. Others may simply prefer the different style. Some students, of course, may prefer the more traditional approach of the ABRSM exams.
I’d be more than happy to discuss the relative merits of the two exam boards with anyone who has queries.
I offer courses for Grades 1 to 5 during school holiday periods. Lesson times are flexible – just book in the number of sessions required for the grade you wish to take, either spread out over several days or back-to-back if you prefer to condense the course into a shorter timeframe. Sessions are bookable via my online calendar, and are subject to availability, so make sure you book early to ensure you get the times you want!
Grade 1: 5 x 60m £150 (£105 per student for shared course)
Grade 2: 6 x 60m £200 (£140 shared)
Grade 3: 7 x 60m £250 (£175 shared)
Grade 4: 8 x 60m £300 (£210 shared)
Grade 5: 10 x 60m £350 (£245 shared)
Course Fees are payable in full on booking the first session. Your fee includes one-to-one or small-group (no more than three students) tuition covering the whole syllabus for the grade; workbooks and any additional learning materials; 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.
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).
NB: Higher Grade (6-8) Theory Courses are also available on request, for those students who wish to take their Theory studies further. Please contact me for further details.
Details of further upcoming Courses:
Courses available April 2020 – booking open from March
Exam: June 2020