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Popular Music Theory

Become a more skilled, articulate and confident musician

Popular Music Theory exams are now offered in a digital format, providing more flexibility for candidates.

Dates & Fees

Music theory with a difference.

Full-Colour Guidebooks

Rockschool Popular Music Theory consists of two beautifully crafted Guidebooks packed with helpful information to guide you through music theory from start to finish.

Learn From the Music You Know and Love

You'll develop your music theory from Debut–Grade 8 using some of the best-known genres in pop and rock, whilst taking notes from some of the world's biggest artists and composers.

Communicate like a musical director

Rockschool Popular Music Theory will give you the confidence and articulation to direct and work with bands, performers, studio engineers and composers.


Completing a Rockschool Music Grade is a rewarding experience, we’ll get you on your path to success in no-time.
To get started, simply grab your Music book from the shop.




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To start Rockschool Popular Music Theory, you’ll need a Rockschool book. Start with the Debut book and work your way up through the Grades or jump in at a level that’s right for you!

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The Rockschool Popular Music Theory Syllabus Guide

The requirements for Popular Music Theory exams are listed in the syllabus guide.

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Digital Platform Notation Guidance

During your music theory exam, you will be expected to complete some tasks which involve writing notation. These are completed using software called ‘Flat’, which is embedded into the online exam system. Please download the guidance below for instructions on how to access the software and some sample tasks to help you practise prior to your exam day.

Notation Guidance for Digital Exams

Notation Guidance Video Demos

You can also watch a video on each grade, which demonstrates the notation functions you’ll need to perform all the tasks for that grade.

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Candidate Guidance for online exams

All Popular Music Theory exams are done online. For more information on the process, please download the candidate guidance below.

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Book an Exam

To book a Popular Music Theory exam, please contact the AMEB Federal Office via email to

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