Theory of Music
Dates for Music and Speech Theory exams in 2017
November Session 2017
Closing date for entries to reach Trinity’s central office for all markets: Monday 25 September.
Candidates should send their entry forms to their centre representatives a week earlier than the above closing date.
Please note that entries received after the closing date will be subject to a late penalty fee and may not be processed.
Our Theory of Music syllabus responds to modern teaching and learning styles with Theory of Music Workbooks presenting the study of musical theory in bright and practical formats, attractive to both the student and the teacher.
Theory of Music syllabus from 2009
Our Theory of Music syllabus contains full details of grade exams for musical theory, Grades 1-8. The syllabus provides a comprehensive and carefully incremented approach to the technical language of music, supported by approachable workbooks.
Although there are no theory prerequisites for taking any Trinity College London practical graded exams, theoretical musical knowledge works to enhance and support practical studies.
- Download the Theory of Music from 2009 (Grades 1-8) (PDF, 108KB)
- Additional regulatory information is contained in the syllabus supplement
Candidates should ensure that they are using the fourth impression of the Theory of Music syllabus, March 2014.
You should read the syllabus requirements carefully before your exam. If you do not meet all the relevant requirements, the examiner may refer your exam result to Trinity’s London office for review and marks may be deducted.
A range of support resources are available on our online learning platform.
Full details of entry procedures and exam regulations can be found in our Information & Regulations booklet
Our Theory of Music Workbooks (Grades 1-8) contain all requirements for our graded music theory written exams, including information for teachers, hints and tips for candidates, tasks and questions for the grade, worked examples and more. The books are suitable for use in lessons or at home, for private study.
We also offer Theory of Music Supplementary Exercises (Grades 1-5) designed for use by teachers and students alongside our Theory of Music Workbooks.
Model Answer Papers provide model answers for past Trinity theory exams.
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