Essential Music Theory: Grade 5

Essential Music Theory: Grade 5

Key information:

Course dates:
Easter Sun 2 April – Thu 6 April 2023/Summer Mon 24 July – Fri 28 July 2023
Course times:
10am–4pm
Age:
11+
Art form:
Music
Fees:
£450
Deadline:
Wednesday 29 March 2023 (Easter)/5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 (Summer)
Level of study:
Short Courses & Summer Schools (ages 18+) | Short Courses & Summer Schools, Workshops & Saturday Centres (ages 4-18)
Mode of study:
In-person
Venue:
Guildhall School of Music & Drama
When:
Easter | Summer

Course info

 
Book Now (Easter - Under 18)
Book Now (Easter - 18+)
Book Now (Summer - Under 18)
Book Now (Summer - 18+)
  • Participants will be put into groups based on their age where possible 
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Wednesday 29 March 2023 (Easter)/5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 (Summer), or when the courses reach full capacity.
  • Please note that accommodation in Sundial Court isn't available in 2023

Ages 11+ 

Course Dates & Times

Easter: Sunday 2 April – Thursday 6 April 2023

Summer: Monday 24 July – Friday 28 July 2023

10am–4pm 

About Essential Music Theory: Grade 5

This five-day course is ideal if you are preparing for the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam and/or want to improve your knowledge of music theory. The course draws upon intuitive musical understanding and focuses on stave notation. The syllabus will also provide you with a foundation for more advanced music theory studies.

ABRSM music theory exams are now taking place online. Please check the ABRSM website for information. (Please note exam entry is not included in the course fee and exam entries are not administered by Guildhall School.)

Who is the course for?

Anyone aged 11+ with knowledge of ABRSM Grade 3 Music Theory, or the equivalent.

What can I expect?

The classes offer collective demonstrations and discussion, alternating with increasing elements of individual work and 1-1 attention as the course proceeds.

Collective lessons are given in three broad topic areas:

  • Time: understanding the notation of durations, metre and rhythm
  • Pitch: understanding the notation of steps, intervals and patterns, tonality and harmony
  • Sound and sense: understanding terminology, concepts, instruments and voices

Some of the activities will be online, but most exercises involve writing within the required publications and on manuscript paper.

Do I need anything for the course?
  • Manuscript paper
  • Pencil
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Eraser

The material used for individual work will be taken from the publications below. Please ensure you have purchased the following workbooks prior to the course:

Workbooks

It is also essential to purchase un-worked sample papers, chosen from the list below.  We would suggest one at the Grade 4 level and two or three at the Grade 5 level, depending on your individual needs.

Sample papers

 

 

"Taking this course can really help with your understanding of music theory and that is worth it!"

– participant on Essential Music Theory—Grade 5: Online, 2021

Course Fee

£450

Participation Bursaries are available for this course (Please note the application deadlines for participation bursaries are 6 March 2023 for the Easter course and 12 June 2023 for the Summer course).

Book Now (Easter - Under 18)
Book Now (Easter - 18+)
Book Now (Summer - Under 18)
Book Now (Summer - 18+)
  • Participants will be put into groups based on their age where possible 
  • Spaces are limited so early booking is encouraged.
  • Bookings will close at 5pm on Wednesday 29 March 2023 (Easter)/5pm on Sunday 9 July 2023 (Summer), or when the courses reach full capacity.
  • Please note that accommodation in Sundial Court isn't available in 2023

Eligibility

About the Course Tutor

The course is taught by pianist Andrew Bottrill, professor at Guildhall.

Primarily a pianist, Andrew Bottrill enjoys a variety of occupations in music.  After many years teaching at the Royal College of Music he is now based at Guildhall School, and Head of Keyboard at Latymer Upper School.  His four-hand duo with Zrinka Bottrill appears regularly in the UK and Croatia, to some considerable acclaim in the international press.  Through this and his educational work he has amassed a catalogue of compositions and arrangements that are yet to be published.

His studies with Edith Vogel and James Gibb resulted in winning all the major GSMD piano prizes, together with the Premier Prix Concert Recital Diploma, success in the Dudley Piano Competition, and appearances for the Park Lane Group and the Kirckman Concert Society.  He also has an MA in music education from the University of London.  He recently published a substantial collection of Edith Vogel recordings from her broadcasts, and two articles about her artistic legacy.

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