Grade 5 Theory Online Classes

Grade 5 theory is a requirement for students wanting to take instrumental examinations beyond Grade 5 with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM).

A thorough knowledge of the theory of music helps all instrumental and vocal performers. Grade 5 theory is also supportive of the current Music GCSE, AS and A-Level examinations. An understanding of the theory of music is essential for higher grade aural tests.

Grade 5 Theory Classes take place online on Thursday evenings.

An initial assessment takes place in the first lesson to determine the existing level of knowledge, and to estimate the timescale required for each pupil.

In cases where a student already has a high level of knowledge, it may be possible to take the exam in one term.

However, it would be more usual for pupils to build up their knowledge gradually over 2 to 3 terms. The tutor will continually assess pupils’ progress and let parents know when they are ready.

We are offering 3 online classes weekly with Adam Hollinsgshurst on Thursday evenings, depending on your current knowledge of theory and how ready you are to take the exam.

A starter class designed for those who have not covered much theory, or who don’t feel confident with their knowledge.

An intermediate class for those with more theory knowledge, but not ready to take an exam in the first term.

A class for those who feel confident in their knowledge and who are ready to take their exam in the first term

Course Fees

 For NMPAT members (members of a county group, Saturday Centres, including NMPAT Virtual Centre or students in receipt of individual lessons), the course fee is £90 for the first term and £50 for subsequent terms. This includes:

  • tuition 
  • exam entry fee
  • ABRSM work book
  • past test papers

For students interested in attending, but who are not NMPAT members, the course fee is £130 for the first term and £90 for the subsequent terms

Please note that payment for the course is required in advance and will be requested when your place is confirmed. Payment can be made via the Parent Pay shop.


To apply for the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory Course starting in January 2021, please click here

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