When I was a student the first thing our music teacher asked us to do for Y10 GCSE Music was Grade V Theory. This was for many reasons but the main one is you cannot progress past Grade 6 on an instrument with the ABRSM unless you have passed your Grade 5 Theory and it was a good excuse to get everyone up to a basic theoretical standard. It was pretty dull to be honest and very much an academic exercise. The musical outcomes appeared to be next to non existent. We grumbled about it as a class and couldn’t see the point apart from to satisfy the crazy requirements of the ABRSM. But reflecting years later it was probably the most important thing we did. The course was easy as a result. We all got A’s and B’s and half of us went on to study Music for A-Level.