Music Theory

Music Theory

Music theory has been called the ‘grammar’ of music, and our lessons teach you all you need to know to understand and speak this melodic language.

Music Theory Lessons

Music theory has been called the ‘grammar’ of music, and our lessons teach you all you need to know to understand and speak this melodic language.

HCM Music Theory lessons are available to everyone from the age of 7 years old to 70.  Prices range from £13 to £39 dependent on private or group led classes.

Music Lessons for Kids

To become a fully-rounded musician and take your music education to the next level, a knowledge of music theory is highly useful.

HCM music theory lessons are a great extension to HCM’s instrument lessons and can be done by children and adults from 7 to 70. Sessions take place each week at HCM Ware and are held in small groups or individually in either 30, 45 or 60 minute slots – the choice is yours.

How much Do music theory lessons cost?

  • Group music theory lessons are £13 per student per lesson (charged by term) for a 45 minute session in groups of up to six students.
  • Paired music theory lessons consisting of one teacher and two students are £13 per student per lesson for a 30 minute session.
  • One-on-one music theory lessons are £19.50 for a 30 minute session or £39 for a one hour session.



Music theory is not just learning how to build chords, recognise intervals and understand key signatures. Every single concept in music theory is an idea or foundation for learning how to express your thoughts with sound and music. HCM music theory lessons see you study a range of interlocking skills, including notation, listening, musical perception, creativity and much more. The exact subject matter of your classes will change every week and will be uniquely designed to cater for the interests and skill level of you and your fellow classmates.


Here are some of the areas of music you’ll explore at HCM music theory lessons:

  • The stave
  • The clefs
  • Ledger lines
  • Note duration
  • Measures and time signatures
  • Rest duration
  • Dots and ties
  • Steps and accidentals
  • Rhythm and metre
  • Scales and key signatures
  • Intervals
  • Chords
  • Chord progressions


As well as music theory lessons, HCM musicians are encouraged to take part in our weekly band coaching lessons which focus on improving your performance techniques and teach you how to be a successful band member. Each session, you’ll jam in a band with other HCM student musicians, all in preparation for a performance at the HCM End of Term Concert.


HCM’s music theory lessons sit alongside our instrumental lessons to compliment your musical progression. The classes are graded by the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) and offered in small groups from ABRSM Grade 1 to ABRSM Grade 5. If you’d prefer to brush up on your knowledge of music theory in a less formal manner, individual non-graded lessons are available too.

To find out more about music theory lessons at HCM Ware you can either complete our enquiry form, call us directly on 01920 460646 or by email


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