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Alice and I give private theory lessons to prepare pupils for their grade 5 theory ABRSM exams. Some pupils come just for theory lessons, whilst others learn theory as part of their instrumental or singing lessons.
For those who would like to know more about my theory lessons and the benefits of learning theory, read the rest of this page.
The links below provide pages for our pupils. They don't cover everything, but we think they will be helpful.
Why Take Theory Grades?
A good working knowledge of theory greatly enhances a pupils ability to play their instruments and to perform in ensembles.
The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) requires pupils to have passed grade 5 theory before they can take their instrumental grade 6 or higher.
The Trinity Guildhall board does not require this, however pupils will be much better prepared for the higher grades if they have taken grade 5 theory.
Pupils that take grade 5 theory will understand and be better at:
- aural, particularly intervals, cadences and modulations
It will help them compose their own songs, understand the music they are playing, perform more musically and make them better musicians.
Most theory pupils have individual lessons because they need to pass ABRSM grade 5 theory to progress with their performance grades, hence the theory lessons are structured to achieve this.
Lessons cover teaching the rudiments of theory (with worked examples by the pupils). Theory is illustrated with practical examples showing how the theory applies to the music they play. Once the basics are understood, the pupils then practice using past exam papers, working up to grade 5.
Where do we teach?
Private lessons are given at our home, in Bookham, Surrey. Pupils come from Bookham, Fetcham, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Effingham, Dorking, Guildford, Espom, and the surrounding areas of the Mole Valley.
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