Popular Music Theory
Become a more skilled, articulate and confident musician
Enter for your Popular Music Theory exam in four quick steps
The next deadline is 1 February
Become a more skilled, articulate and confident musician. Rockschool's Popular Music Theory Grades will expand your musical theory knowledge, develop your compositional skills, and you'll gain an internationally recognised qualification by studying popular music in detail.
The Perfect Complement to our Instrumental Grade Exams
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.
Become 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.
For Grades 6, 7 and 8, you can supersize your university application, with up to 10 UCAS points awarded to musicians wanting to progress to university.
Understand rock and pop's more unusual instruments
Discover more about rock and pop's more uncommon instruments, how they're notated and how to arrange your own brass and string sections.
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Find a Centre
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Find a Teacher
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I have just changed our school's chosen examination board to Rockschool and I am 100% confident we've made the right decision.- Gemma Sugrue
I always give my pupils the choice of exam board when they approach me about exams, and every time they've picked Rockschool- G. Jones
Rockschool is without a doubt the most relevant music exam board out there. It's syllabus's help learners to become musicians, not just players, and that is what makes it a cut above the rest- R. Bruce