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Hello. I've not been able to take GCSE Music at my school so I've been having weekly theory classes with my Music teacher. I am hoping to achieve ABRSM grade 5 before I leave year 11 (currently a year 10 student). This would mean I could apply for Music AS level at college. I also have experience in singing. Is the grade 5 theory exam difficult and would I be able to achieve it in a year (from mid grade 2)? Thank you. 😊
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if you put a lot of work towards it you should be fine, however theory is hard and shouldn't be taken lightly.
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Hey, I did my grade 5 theory in year 8 in about 4-5 months. It was really difficult to start with as I hadn't done any theory or GCSE stuff prior to it but about 2 or 3 weeks before the exam it all started to click. xx You should definitely be able to do it!!! Just look at loads of past papers and there is a book called Take 5 and pass first time
Which I found really helpful when doing mine. xx Good luck. xx
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I didn't get taught any theory and managed to self-teach (pretty badly) the theory up to grade 3 and then I ran out of time. Took the test and got the pass mark, which I believe was 66.
If I did it, you definitely can
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this was for abrsm piano, nothing to do with music gcse or anything
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Thank you for your replies! I'm continuing with lessons after half term and I'm well on my way to grade 3. I've looked over a couple of past papers and I definitely feel more confident about it now. xx @Midnightmemories @LilyKitty @surina16
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urgh omg I hated theory so much - I had to do it for my piano when I was like 11 and in year 5, I failed it twice lolllllll
but now I'm 14 and I've got my grade 8 with distinction and theory is quite helpful for your GCSE's
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Yes! But I successfully specialise in teaching this interesting subject and am moving to Bournemouth this Thursday. Please call me on my mobile 07834 164669 whe we can discuss the way forward for you.

Kind regards,

Jeremy Stapleton ALCM
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As long as you practise and buy some of the past papers, honestly it's not too bad.


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