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
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 ABRSM 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. Adults as well as children are welcome on this course and there will be a separate group for over 18s. We are also offering an Essential Music Theory Refresher Day on Sunday 28 May and Saturday 21 October 2017 specifically for individuals sitting their ABRSM Music Theory Grade 5 exam in June and 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 course options:
Essential Music Theory Course:£370
Essential Music Theory Refresher Day: £80
Essential Music Theory Course and Refresher Day: £430
Residential option 1: (Course Fee + Bed, breakfast and evening meal) £760
(£820 with Refresher Day)
Residential option 2: (Course Fee + Bed and breakfast) £685
(£745 with Refresher Day)
Monday 24 – Saturday 29 July 2017, 11am – 4pm
Refresher Days on Sunday 28 May and Saturday 21 October
We have a limited number of fully funded places available for the Essential Music Theory Summer School. For more information please click here.
Applications for assisted places applications will be open in March 2017 and full instructions on how to apply will be available on the website at this time.
Applicants must be 11 or over. 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
- Participants 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
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.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 382 2310 for any enquiries.
NB For registrants under the age of 18, please provide parent/guardian contacts (telephone number/email address). Under 18s registered without direct parental contacts (phone/email) will not be admitted on our courses.
Terms and conditions
You can read our terms and conditions, including cancellation policy.