Advanced Music Theory

student doing music theory

Key information:

Course dates:
Mon 1–Fri 5 August 2022
Course times:
10am–5pm, BST (UTC+1)
Art form:
9am, Friday 8 July 2022
Level of study:
Short Courses and Summer Schools
Mode of study:

Course info

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a space becomes available.

Ages 14+

Course Dates & Times

Monday 1 – Friday 5 August 2022
10am–5pm daily, BST (UTC+1)

About Advanced Music Theory

This one-week online music theory course, led by Guildhall Composition  Professor Paul Whitmarsh, is ideal if you wish to prepare for music theory exams above ABRSM Grade 5 or equivalent, or if you want to improve your knowledge of music theory.

Who is the course for?

Anyone aged 14 or above working towards music theory examinations or concepts above ABRSM Grade 5 or equivalent.

What can I expect?

You will receive group and one-to-one tuition to cover theory topics introduced at Grades 6 and 7. Each topic will begin with a group class session, after which you will be given exercises to work on with one-to-one guidance from the tutor.

Topics covered include:

  • How to realise figured bass harmony in different textures
  • How to compose melodies
  • How to harmonise melodies
Do I need anything for the course?


"It covers what you need, thoroughly, in a supportive atmosphere... excellent teaching while being in the comfort of your own home."

– Anne-Marie, Advanced Music Theory, 2021

Course Fee


Participation Bursaries are available for this course. (Please note the application deadline for participation bursaries is 13 June 2022).

This course is now full. Please join our waiting list and we will contact you if a space becomes available.


  • For everyone aged 14+.
  • You must have passed, or be working at a level equivalent to, ABRSM Grade 5 Theory.
  • Participants must have sufficient English language skills to cope with course demands.

    Online Short Courses Requirements

    All sessions will take place online using Zoom. A Zoom link will be sent to you in advance of the course start date with further instructions.

    To participate in online classes you will need the following:

    • An email address
    • A reliable internet connection
    • A laptop/tablet/desktop computer with a microphone and camera (most have these included)
    • Speakers/headphones (the speakers in your laptop/tablet/computer should be sufficient)
    • A fully updated web browser able to use the most up to date version of Zoom, or a fully updated Zoom client

    If you have any questions regarding joining one of our online courses please contact us.

    About the Course Tutor

    The course is taught by composer Paul Whitmarsh, who teaches in the composition and academic music departments at Guildhall School.

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