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Music Theory Express

As many a music student and parent has discovered, it can be tricky to find time in a weekly music lesson to cover all the ground required to pass ABRSM Grade 5 Theory, a necessary step for those planning to progress to the higher performance grades, as well as a valuable grounding in the essentials of music theory for all. That's why I've devised an intensive Music Theory Express course, which covers the whole syllabus over two days, with additional support through marking past papers and a revision day built-in. These courses generally run in school holidays and in response to student demand, so if you are considering taking Grade 5 Theory and are interested in taking a course, get in touch. Any upcoming courses will also be listed below.


Easter 2019 Course

18-19 April, near Saffron Walden
Follow up day: 9 June

Cover all you need to know for the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory exam in an intensive and fun 2-day course, plus 1 day refresher with James Brady MMus (GSMD) MA (Cantab.) PGCert, teacher of Music Theory, Composition and Musicianship at Saffron Walden Centre for Young Musicians and Hockerill Anglo-European College.

Thu 18 & Fri 19 April, 10am-4pm
Plus refresher day

Sun 9th June 10am-3pm (just ahead of the exam date of 15th June)

The course and refresher will take place in Debden CB11 (near Saffron Walden, off the M11).


Working in a small group of 4-8 students, students will be introduced to all aspects of music theory required up to and including ABRSM grade 5. They will also at least begin work on a past paper by the end of the two-day course. After the course, students will complete at least 2 past papers which James will mark and return with comments in advance of the refresher day. Additional past papers can be marked with comments for £10 each.


In order to ensure students are ready for the exam, they should be fluent in either treble or bass clef, and commit to completing some independent study and past papers in between the first two days and the refresher, for which individual written guidance will be given.


"James is a creative, inspiring and thoughtful teacher...His students are engaged, and learn thoroughly and quickly as he tailors his teaching to individuals' experience. I thoroughly recommend James' teaching, whether the subject is theory, musicianship or jazz."
Kate Goatman, Head of Saffron Centre for Young Musicians


"Annie thoroughly enjoyed your Course, she genuinely found it very useful and you made it fun too so thank you, money well spent I believe!"

Louise B., mother of a student on a previous course



Two-day course + refresher day + two marked papers: £250*

Two-day course only (no papers marked): £190

Refresher course only: £90

Additional papers marked with comments: £10 per paper

Students will need to purchase some independent study materials/past papers (~£25)


*This price is for a group of up to 4 students. Should the group size increase, there will be a reduction in price per student:

5 or 6: £225pp

7 or 8: £210pp

Please enquire for current group size.


James has an enhanced DBS check and up-to-date Safeguarding training. He is fully insured through the Musician's Union.

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