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Theory of Music

Music and Speech Theory exams 2018

May Session 2018

  • Date of exam: Saturday 5 May
  • Date of exam: Tuesday 8 May

Closing date for entries to reach Trinity’s central office for all markets – Monday 26 March

November Session 2018

  • Date of examination - Saturday 3 November
  • Date of examination – Monday 5 November 

Closing date for entries to reach Trinity’s central office for all markets – Monday 24 September

Please note:

  • Entries received after the closing date will be subject to a late penalty fee and may not be processed. 
  • Candidates should send their entry forms to their centre representatives a week earlier than the above closing date.


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.


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.

Please see Information and Regulations and Syllabus infringements for more information.


Syllabus support

A range of support resources are available on our online learning platform.

Further information

Full details of entry procedures and exam regulations can be found in our Information & Regulations booklet

Supporting publications

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.

Additional resources

Past papers & model answers are available to support teachers and candidates with their preparation.

Enter for an exam

To enter for an exam, download an entry form and send it with the full fee to your local representative. Find out more and enter for an exam

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