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Theory of Music

Dates for Music & Speech Theory exams in 2016

May Session 2016

  • Date of exam: Saturday 7 May, 9.30am (local time)
  • Date of exam: Monday 9 May9.30am (local time) - except for the UK where exams will start at 5.30pm.

Closing date for entries to reach Trinity’s London office for all markets: Monday 28 March

November Session 2016

  • Date of exam: Saturday 5 November, 9.30am (local time)
  • Date of exam: Monday 7 November9.30am (local time) - except for the UK where exams will start at 5.30pm.

Closing date for entries to reach Trinity’s London office for all markets: Monday 26 September


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 from Initial to Grade 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)


Candidates should ensure that they are using the fourth impression of the Theory of Music syllabus, March 2014.

Syllabus errata

View syllabus errata for the 2009 Theory of Music syllabus.


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 (PDF,486KB)

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

A range of sample papers and past papers are available to support teachers and candidates with their preparation.

Model Answer Papers provide model answers for past Trinity theory exams.

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