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Online Music Theory Lessons

Hello, my name is Dr Robert Ratcliffe. I am an internationally recognised composer, musician and writer. I'm now happy to offer the chance for students to take my online music theory lessons to brush up on their understanding of music theory in general, as well as prepare to take music theory exams like the ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory.

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Dr Robert Ratcliffe - Professional Music Theory Teacher

Online Music Theory Lessons Teacher - Dr Robert Ratcliffe
My Mission

Improve Understanding

I offer lessons to students that are studying towards exams, helping them to become fully prepared for their exam. Music theory can sometimes feel slightly overwhelming for students, so I'd love to help all students achieve the level of understanding they need to progress.

I can take on beginners as well as more advanced learners, including students who are simply learning for their own interest rather than taking exams. Whatever your level, we will always learn at a pace that works for you. I really think that little and often is the best way to learn difficult topics and musical theory is definitely one of those, where carefully unpacking complex topics can achieve great results. I intend to make my lessons as informative as they are enjoyable for all.


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Music Theory Teacher

Dr Robert Ratcliffe
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My Lessons

Easy To Understand

I like to present my lessons in an easy to understand manner where you can feel comfortable learning at a pace that works for you. My lessons will contain all the information you need whilst making sure you go away with many ways to remember certain aspects of theory.

I have experience helping students with ABRSM Graded exams but I'm open to help students who are studying alternate exams. Just remember to let me know when you get in touch and we can make a learning plan together for when we move forward.


£20 per 1/2 hour
£35 per hour

Lessons are pay-as-you-go, weekly, fortnightly or as suits you.

Beginners & Advanced Students Welcome

I welcome beginners and advanced students in a wide range of styles and genres, helping them to better understand music theory and how it relates to the music that they play.

Lesson Focus
Beginner Theory Classes

I can cater to beginner students

My Experience as a Teacher

I have been teaching for 20 years, both privately and as a University Lecturer. During this time, I have taught piano, theory, composition, and music production to hundreds of students and clients, ranging from complete beginners to professional musicians and other teachers. I have prepared students for public performances and successful auditions at universities and specialist music schools (for example, Chetham’s, Leeds Conservatoire, RNCM). I have also maintained a 100% student examination pass rate (up to and including diploma), mostly with distinction. Recent success stories include students who achieved 74/75 for ABRSM Grade 5 Theory and 146/150 for Piano Practical.

One of my students’ was invited to take part in a special concert organised by the ABRSM after they achieved one of the highest marks during the Spring period. My students have been successful prize winners in various music festivals and competitions and have attained excellent results during school and college examinations (for example, many have achieved either a grade A or an A* in their GCSE music exams).

Lessons can be configured to support and complement work undertaken for GCSE and AS/A level music. They can also be designed to improve general musicianship, including sight reading, aural skills, improvisation, and aspects of composition. I have had success with students of all ages and abilities, from 3 to 75.

Lessons Focus
Fun Theory Classes

My theory classes are informative and enjoyable.

More About My Lessons

Teaching methods are adapted to suit the individual needs and abilities of the student, involving an analysis of both the way a student learns music and the way that they perform.

Strategies can then be developed to overcome specific musical and technical difficulties or to find a suitable approach to the music in question.

I am also able to help with issues of exam anxiety, and can suggest various strategies and techniques to reduce or minimise its effects. In addition, I offer online tuition in piano, composition, and music production. I can work with any of the major communication platforms including FaceTime, Skype, Teams, WhatsApp, and Zoom.

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Online Theory Classes

My lessons are taken online from your own home using Zoom, Skype, Teams or another platform as needed.

Learning Online

Music theory lessons are ideally suited to being taken online, where I can provide all the resources required for the lesson. Students enjoy not having to travel for lessons and being able to take lessons at times that suit their schedule.

I will make sure every lesson is built around your ability level and that we chose a video calling platform that works for you. References and full DBS certificate available upon request.

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Online Music Theory Lessons Teacher - Dr Robert Ratcliffe
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I can help you to

I'm a professional musician with who can help you develop your understanding of music theory. My lessons are tailor made to the individual and we will always work at a pace that suits you. I will always make sure everything is explained clearly and in an easy to understand manner. For more information, please feel free to send me an email.

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Frequently Asked Questions

My lessons are charged at £25 per half hour and £45 per hour for all students taking my theory classes.

All of my lessons are taken via video call from the comfort of your own home.

I teach students of all ages, covering 3 to 75 years of age.

A weekly lesson is always the best way to keep on top of your learning journey and make sure you retain information well, however, you can select the frequency of lessons as suits you.

I operate a cancellation policy, whereby lessons cancelled within 24 hours of the agreed date are charged the full fee.

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Online via Zoom, Skype & More
Online Lessons
Most of my online music theory lessons take place on Zoom, Skype or Teams. These are easy to use and free to download. If you have any other ideas then please let me know if you have a preferred platform. If you have any questions on how online lessons work then feel free to email me at any time.
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Music Theory Teacher

Dr Robert Ratcliffe
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