Having recently passed my trombone grade 5 practical I'd like to move on to grade 6, but firstly, of course, I need to pass grade 5 theory. I'd like to take the theory exam in March but I'm wondering if this may be, perhaps, a little too ambitious? I would appreciate any related advice, particularly with regard to study books/material. Also, am I correct in thinking that the syllabus has changed and no longer includes the composition element?
Best wishes to all my fellow adult students!
As others have said, it depends where you're starting from. Having got to grade 5 practical, you'll have obviously picked up lots of theory along the way, but equally there might be some gaps in your knowledge compared to what's on the syllabus. One way to gauge this could be to work your way through the sample papers freely available for each grade on the ABRSM website (two papers available per grade, along with answers), and then jump in to studying theory at the grade where you start to struggle with the questions. (There's also booklets of past papers and corresponding model answers available to buy - have a look on Amazon etc.)
The papers (and answers) are available here: https://ag.abrsm.org...tice-materials/
IMO, if you're not confident with more or less everything up to grade 4 at this stage, I suspect getting up to grade 5 in time for the March exam might be a bit of a push.
You are correct in saying that there is no composition questions anymore, and questions about terms (and I think signs) are now multiple choice.
A resource I've recently found and quite like is http://www.sharonbill.com/ - Sharon has a YouTube channel where she works through all the exercises in each of the Music Theory in Practice workbooks, as well as working through the past paper questions.
And as Dr Rogers has said, there's the excellent MyMusicTheory website too.
Also, if you're jazz-minded, you can take a Grade 5 Jazz practical exam as an alternative to the theory exam if that interests you.