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    I am planning on taking grade 5 theory before I start my music degree in September. How long does it usually take to prepare for it? I do A level music and have grade 8s in violin and piano , although I tend to struggle with the theory aspects of the A level (cadences keys chords modulations harmony etc). Also to mention I've never done any theory exams before.
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    Basically, if you haven't already, start revision for the theory exam ASAP.
    I don't know what board you do for Music, but I do Edexcel, and I would be so confused if I hadn't done grade 5 theory.
    I know you can have grade 1-4 music theory exams, but I don't think it's worth it to be honest, I didn't bother.
    I did it in around 3 months, with frequent lessons I had with a tutor throughout weeks, and then one or two a week when I had school.
    This might seem a long time, but my friend did hers in 1 month, and now doesn't remember a thing of it.
    You'll probably already know more than you think, due to being grade 8 violin and piano, so it shouldn't take as long for you as it did for me.
    If you can't get a tutor, just buy each grade book on music theory, and the the 'Theory is fun' books at grade 4 and 5, which you should find at a music store.. don't bother with the earlier grades, as they seem to be more directed to people who don't know anything.

    This wasn't a very well constructed answer, but basically, buy manuscript paper, grade 1-5 theory exam books, a couple theory is fun books, and then look it up on youtube/online.. as there's a lot on there. For me, the best way was to have a tutor to set me work to do and to go over it all with me, and with that, I got 98%.. but it doesn't actually matter what mark you get, as long as you pass. However, it seems that you're more doing thing for the learning than the pass grade, seeing as you're already grade 8.. did you do not do ABRSM? Also, you do have to know all of the terminology, so I hope you know a load already.. for your sake.. cause it's a killer.

    Anyway.. yeah, so it shouldn't take long. You'll know the basics, and probably a bit more. Maybe have a few lessons every so often if possible, as it might be quicker. You'll probably notice that you'll get less confused with stuff in your Music A Level as well .


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