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Theory Lessons at Mole Valley Music

Theory Lessons from Philip Bishop on 01372 454962 / 07950 235329

I give theory lessons, both privately and as part of my Surrey Arts teaching.  I specialise in preparing pupils to pass grade 5 theory ABRSM. Some pupils come to me just for theory lessons, whilst others learn theory as part of their instrumental lessons.

For those who would like to know more about my theory lessons and the benefits of learning theory, read the rest of this page.

The links below provide pages for my existing pupils and reference.

Theory Pages
Grade 1 Italian terms
Grade 2 Italian terms
Grade 3 Italian terms
Grade 4 Italian and French terms
Grade 5 Italian and German terms
Performance directions for piano, strings and brass for pedals, bowing & mutes
Ornaments trill, mordent, turn, appoggiatura, acciaccatura, glissando, portamento
Degrees of the scale tonic, supertonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant, submediant, leading note
Orchestral Instruments brass, woodwind, strings, voices, clefs, transposition
ASBRM exam notes pass marks, exam durations, exam rules

Why Take Theory Grades?

A good working knowledge of theory greatly enhances a pupils ability to play their instruments and to perform in ensembles.

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) requires pupils to have passed grade 5 theory before they can take their instrumental grade 6 or higher.

The Trinity Guildhall board does not require this, however pupils will be much better prepared for the higher grades if they have taken grade 5 theory.

Pupils that take grade 5 theory will understand and be better at:

- aural, particularly intervals, cadences and modulations
- scales
- sight reading
- transposition (part of the exam for e.g. trumpets beyond grade 5)

It will help them compose their own songs, understand the music they are playing, perform more musically and make them better musicians.

Theory Lessons

Most theory pupils have individual lessons because they need to pass ABRSM grade 5 theory to progress with their performance grades, hence the theory lessons are structured to achieve this.

My lessons cover teaching the rudiments of theory (with worked examples by the pupils). Theory is illustrated with practical examples showing how the theory applies to the music they play. Once the basics are understood, the pupils then practice using past exam papers, working up to grade 5.

If you would like theory lessons or would like to discuss any aspect of the lessons, please contact me on the number below.

Where do I teach?

Private lessons are given at my home, in Bookham, Surrey. My pupils come from Bookham, Fetcham, Ashtead, Leatherhead, Effingham, Dorking, Guildford, Espom, and the surrounding areas of the Mole Valley.

My teaching for Surrey Arts covers Reigate, Redhill, Horley, Godalming, Guildford, Cuddington, Esher (near Ewell and Cheam), as well as locally in Bookham and Fetcham.

How long and how much?

Private theory lessons are usually 30 minutes, but can be longer if required.

Private lessons cost £15 per half hour.

How to reach me

For theory lessons telephone:

Philip Bishop on 01372 454962 / 07950 235329



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