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Theory Classes

Term 1 - September 2017

Theory Classes will resume from Saturday, 16th September


Studying Music Theory is an important part of learning any instrument. From learning to read notes on the stave at the earliest stages through to analysing Bach chorales, developing a strong understanding of theory will enhance practical instrumental skills by giving a greater understanding of music performed and ensure that students are well equipped to get the best from their music lessons.

To join one of our Theory Classes or to find out more information please get in touch with us. Students registering for theory classes will be asked to complete a short assessment to ensure they are placed at the correct level. 
Email: theory@cmadubai.com
Phone: 04 341 8872

Grades 1-4 Music Theory

 At the early grades we offer separate classes at each level. Each class runs as a fixed-length course that students complete before moving to the next level. These classes help build a solid foundation through group activities and exercises, and are a vital stepping-stone on the way to achieving Grade 5 Music Theory. Students will gain a greater comprehension of keys, rhythms and terminology amongst other concepts. 

Saturday, 12-1pm & Sunday, 5.30-6.30pm; AED 815 (17 classes)

Grade 1 Tutors: Jade Whittaker (Saturday); Natalia Vaskinova (Sunday)

Grade 2 Tutor: Christian Wood (Saturday & Sunday)

Grade 3 Tutors: Ronnie Cocozza & Madison Da Silva (Saturday)Angharad Maxwell (Sunday)

Grade 4 Tutors: Magdalena Wajdzik (Saturday); Simon Lam (Sunday)


Grade 5 Music Theory

This course is designed especially for those who wish to sit their ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory exam. There are two courses per year, leading up to each of the exam dates. All topics from the Grade 5 syllabus will be covered, as well as revision tips for the exam. Students are required to have a good knowledge of Grade 4 concepts before being accepted to the course.

Saturday, 1.15-2.15pm Sunday, 6.45-7.45pm; AED 815 (17 classes)

Tutor: Neil Cuthbertson (Saturday); Angharad Maxwell (Sunday)


Grade 6 Music Theory

This class builds on the concepts that students have learned in the earlier Grades and applies them in creative contexts. Upon completing this students will have a good grounding in composing short melodies, four-part harmony, figured bass and score reading. This is particularly recommended for students taking GCSE or A Level / IB Music (or similiar); as well as for students who simply want to develop their understanding of how music works.

Saturday, 1.15-2.15pm; AED 815 (17 classes: Please note that the complete Grade 6 syllabus will be covered over two 17 week courses, September - June. It is expected that students complete the full year.)

Tutor: Asaad Hamzy 


Harmony & Composition

For students who have passed Grade 6 Music Theory and would like to delve further into harmony and composition, this class focuses on more advanced concepts. Students will gain a comprehensive working knowledge of harmony and will analyse music spanning Baroque to contemporary periods. Understanding the characteristics of different eras will enable students to use this knowledge to inform their own compositions. 

Grade 6 Theory is a prerequisite for Harmony & Composition

Saturday, 12pm -1pm & Tuesday, 4.45pm-5.45pm; AED 550 (12 classes)

Tutor: Jonathan Barrett 

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