Enter for your Popular Music Theory exam in four quick steps

The next deadline is 19 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

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.

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.

UCAS Points

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.

Workbooks for Every Grade

Sample papers are supplied at each grade in your Workbook, so you can test what you've learnt in our Guidebooks and ensure your theory knowledge is up to scratch.


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


Get a copy of the syllabus:

Theory Syllabus (502KB, .pdf)

Find a Centre

We have theory centres all across the UK and in 38 other countries around the globe. Find your nearest UK centre.

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Find a Teacher

Looking for a theory teacher, or a teacher for another instrument? We can help! Find a teacher.

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Dates & Fees

Next exam date: 24 March

Deadline date: 19 February
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Exam fees: £23.00 - £46.00
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Popular Music Theory Books

There's a wide selection of Popular Music Theory books to suit your playing needs.