Theory & composing (grades 4-5)

Theory & Composing

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.

She was delighted to hear her composition played live.
— Fiona, parent

Charlton House
Charlton Road, SE7 8RE
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Mondays  5.30pm - 6.30pm

Autumn term - 12 sessions
£130  •  Mon 9th Sept - Sun 8th Dec
No lessons on bank holidays or during half term, 21st - 27th October
50% discount for GMS students, 50% discount for siblings (first child at full price, 50% discount for any siblings), 65% discount for those receiving the pupil premium (proof of status required). Contact us to book with discount.

• For ages 10+
• Suitable for those who are at grade 4+ standard in an their instrument/voice. Please do contact us if you aren't sure!

Tutor - Ed Scolding

More about the class

  • 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 will need to bring their own manuscript paper, pencil and eraser, and buy a workbook (we’ll recommend which one is suitable).


  • 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.