Essential Music Theory
"I enjoyed the way the course was taught… it was easy to learn. I enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere and all the people who took part in the course," Essential Music Theory participant 2014
The Guildhall School of Music & Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires. It's a fun, happy, encouraging and vibrant place to try something new or expand your skills. The School maintains its high standards through the expertise of its tutors.
Essential Music Theory is particularly suitable for students aged 11 and upwards working towards ABRSM examinations (Grades 2–5), and those interested in improving their theory understanding. This course is ideal if you wish to improve your theory quickly, if you want to revise your theory skills for the Grade 5 exam or if you are just interested in improving your knowledge of theory in order to enhance your appreciation of music. The course covers:
- A revision of basic music theory
- Time signatures and key signatures
- How to construct major and minor scales
- Scale degrees and intervals
- Triads and cadences
- Introduction to composing melodies
The course is taught by Junior Guildhall and Guildhall School tutors in age appropriate groups. Adults as well as children are welcome on this course. Accommodation is available for anyone aged 18 or over.
We are also offering an Essential Music Theory Refresher Day on Saturday 24 October 2015 specifically for individuals sitting their ABRSM Music Theory Grade 5 exam in November.
Our London location
The Guildhall School is situated in the City of London within the Barbican Arts Centre, which houses two theatres, a concert hall, cinemas and galleries. It is also within easy reach of West End theatres, the Royal Festival Hall, the Royal National Theatre and Shakespeare's Globe on the South Bank, Sadler's Wells Theatre and Tate Modern.
You have three options:
Essential Music Theory Summer School: £370
Essential Music Theory Summer School & Refresher Day: £430
Essential Music Theory Refresher Day: £70
Accommodation and meals are not included in the course fee. However, affordable accommodation for students aged 18 and over is available in the School’s Hall of Residence, Sundial Court. For further information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Essential Music Theory Summer School: Monday 3 – Saturday 8 August 2015
Essential Music Theory Refresher Day: Saturday 24 October 2015
Applicants of all ages are welcome; however, please note that the School does not provide supervision of children when they are not attending a timetabled activity. However, parents or guardians are welcome on the premises.
- Applicants must be 11 years old or over
- Students must have a working knowledge of reading treble and bass clefs before starting the course (about ABRSM grade 1)
- A fluent standard of spoken English is essential
A refund of fees can only be issued if written notification for a cancellation is received by Friday 3 July 2015 for Essential Music Theory. No refunds will be offered after this date unless a medical certificate is produced.
Special access needs
If you have any special access needs, please contact us to discuss your requirements using the contact details below.
It is recommended that students take out insurance cover, including cover for theft and the loss of fees in the event of illness or accident. For international students needing help in finding an insurance company, you might try www.students-insurance.eu
Although this course is intended as a preparation for Grade 5 Theory, this exam is not included as part of the course. We will, however, provide you with an informal assessment of the level you have achieved at the end of the course, if required.
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We are no longer taking bookings for the full Essential Music Theory course. If you would like to be added to a waiting list for this course please contact us.
Terms and conditions
You can read our terms and conditions, including cancellation policy.