Theory & composing (grades 4-5)

Theory & Composing

Mondays • Ages: 8-18
5:30pm-6:30pm or 6:30pm-7:30pm

Autumn term: 12 sessions • £119.40

Venue: Charlton House

The creative, practical way to learn theory.

Learn in-depth music theory, from notation to harmony, melody and counterpoint, by using it creatively and practically in compositions which are performed within the class and by visiting musicians.

Ideal for those at grade 4-5 standard in their instrument / voice.

  • Develop music literacy and theoretical knowledge
  • Understand harmony, melody and counterpoint and how to apply them in composition
  • Develop your composition skills and hear your work performed 
  • Opportunity to compose for the GMS Youth Orchestra
  • Ideal support for GCSE music
  • Cover the material required for ABRSM theory exams grades 4-5 (exam entry optional)


Please note that students are required to bring their own manuscript paper.


  • for students working on grade 1 or 2: Novello Manuscript Book 1, A5 landscape, 4 staves per page, 32 pages (Amazon / Musicroom)
  • for students working on grades 3, 4 or 5: Hal Leonard Manuscript Paper, Standard Wire-bound, A4 portrait, 12 staff 96 pages (Amazon / Book Depository)



See also: Grades 1-3 class.