Preparation for
Theory in Music Grade 5 Exam

Explore the theory of music including clefs, ornaments, chords in context, transposition and more.


Why take this course?

Are you looking to sit the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) Grade 5 theory in the near future?

Are you looking for some specific help to answer the questions and give yourself the best chances of success?

Then look no further, as NESCol is launching a part-time course to meet your needs.

What you will experience

You will explore a range of elements of the theory of music including clefs, ornaments, chords in context, transposition and much more.

You can expect hands on learning using a range of resources to help you and expert guidance to keep you on track.

four male students reading script in performance studio

Key facts

Mode of study
Where you can study

Entry requirements

  • You must be competent in reading music in the treble clef and have a basic understanding of the bass clef
  • You must have a basic understanding of simple and compound time signatures
  • You must be of grade 3 standard or above as a performer and have experience in playing scales and exercises to this level
  • You must be competent in writing music
  • You must have a basic understanding of how major and minor scales are constructed

What you will need

Students will be required to bring ABRSM grades 1 to 5 workbooks to the class or, alternatively, these will be available for purchase. 

What you need to know

Anything else?

For further information please contact Tony Young:
Telephone: 01224 612519

Next steps




Please note that timetabling changes can often occur after the Part-time Course Guide is published, and as a result the printed version of the guide may not hold the most up-to-date information.

We therefore advise you that all start dates and times listed on the website are at all times accurate, and should be used as your main point of reference before booking your course.

Aberdeen City Campus

Starts Duration Day(s) Time Fees Code
29 October 2019 11 Weeks Tuesday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm £50.00
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3 March 2020 11 Weeks Tuesday 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm £50.00
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Online bookings

If you would like to book your place online, please complete the relevant form by selecting the ‘Book Online’ button. This will then be passed to our Admissions team who will process your application.

Paper bookings

If you would prefer to submit a paper booking form, please return it to us completed and signed.

Completed forms should be returned to the following freepost address:

The Student Information & Admissions Manager
North East Scotland College
Aberdeen City Campus

Should you have any problems with your application, please contact the Student Advice Centre:

Telephone: 01224 612330

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