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Tuesday 3rd November 2015, 5 p.m.

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Grade Five Music Theory - Instrument Composition Course 


Intensive email course, tailored to the ABRSM grade 5 composition question marking criteria
For students who are ABRSM grade five music theory candidate level
5 lessons, available to download immediately on payment
5 homework tasks each comprising questions on the lesson material and a complete composition, marked according to ABRSM criteria
Fee £30 inclusive of marking and any questions you may have.



  • You'll need to be able to scan or photograph your answers to the homework, to return them by email.
  • Your homework will then be marked and returned to you. You'll receive individual feedback.
  • You can work at your own pace - the course is valid for 1 year.
  • The course will train you in a method for answering the Grade 5 (ABRSM) composition question. Please note that is not a general composition course - it is specifically designed for answering the Grade 5 question on writing a melody for an instrument.
  • The cost of the whole course is just £30.00. 


The course lessons are:

  • Rhythm, the Anacrusis and Writing a Complete Melody
  • Adapting the Given Opening
  • Shape and Direction
  • Harmonic Foundation
  • Performance directions

These are all aspects of the melody which are graded by the ABRSM examiners. Please see the marking criteria here

Also covered within these lessons are: "unity of style", "phrase structure", suitability to the instrument, and style/character.


Did you know...?

  • The composition question in the grade 5 music theory exam is worth 15%- it could make the difference between a pass or a fail, or getting a distinction!
  • It's marked in a complicated way - you are expected to use your all-round knowledge of music theory to make a good composition.
  • It DOES matter how neat your work is.
  • There is no "one right answer" for the composition questions, but there are lots of things which would be most definitely "wrong!" Do you know what they all are?
  • Most instrument teachers don't have much time to teach composition, but it's an important part of the exam.
  • You can learn some top tips really quickly to boost your score!
  • You don't have to be a budding Mozart to score top marks in the composition question.