Music theory summer school

Coronavirus update

 

I'm delighted to announce that the 2021 summer school can go ahead, albeit with some modifications.  Please contact me for more information.

 

 

The grade 5 music theory summer school has been running since 1996.  Using purpose written materials, the course offers intensive, one-to-one tuition for singers and instrumentalists approaching grade 6 practical exams.

 

Run over the school summer holidays, with support in the run-up to the exam, the course leads to the ABRSM grade 5 theory exam.  It is also an ideal foundation for GCSE and 'A' level music.

Other grades, and term-time lessons, are available on request.  Rachel welcomes enquiries from other teachers.

The course comprises 6¼ hours of tuition, spread over the summer holidays to allow for several hours of homework between classes.  Although the course is studied primarily during the summer holidays, lessons can start before the end of the summer term, and be continued into the autumn term.
 
Other arrangements (for example fewer, but longer, lessons) may be possible, and extra lessons are available for students with limited prior knowledge.

Detailed marking of practice papers is available before the exam.  Students in previous years have found the marking service to be very helpful, and Rachel strongly recommends using it.

Examination Date
The way the examinations are held has changed significantly, and it is no longer possible to sit a written ABRSM theory exam for grades 1-5.  Instead, the board are offering online exams several times per year.

Further information is available on the ABRSM website.

New Course Book!

Over the years, I've been updating the course materials as needed, but I've recently decided to give them a complete overhaul.

This is a large and exciting project, which I hope to publish alongside blended learning opportunities.

The course is modular, each topic covering the total requirements of grades 1 to 5 of the ABRSM Music Theory syllabus (rather than progressing grade by grade).  Each module is supported by worksheets and questions drawn from past examination papers.  *

 

Module 1 – Pitch

This module covers:

treble, bass, alto and tenor clef reading

transposing between clefs

also ledger lines, accidentals and enharmonics.

 

Module 2 – Tonality

This module covers:

tones and semitones

major scales and key signatures

relative minors (harmonic and melodic)

chromatic scales

intervals and transposing instruments.

It also introduces elementary harmony including triads, chords and inversions, and cadences.

 

Module 3 – Rhythm

This module covers:

note values and dotted and tied notes

simple, compound and irregular time signatures

grouping of beats

regular and irregular division of note values

Module 4 – General

This module covers:

performance directions

reiterations and repeats

articulation and phrasing

ornaments

instruments

It also covers general analysis questions.

* This description relates to the course that was running up to 2019.  Course content for 2021 will be modified to reflect the requirements of the new online exam.