What are the different Theory Exams?
Theory of Music is Tasmania's most popular AMEB theory syllabus and we have recently published our first ever tutor books for Grades 1 to 3 (check out the AMEB Shop to order yours today). You can also undertake the online course for Grades 1 through 3. Theory of Music exams do not include an aural component. Diploma exams can be taken in three specialisations: Musicology, Harmony & Counterpoint, or Orchestration & Arrangement.
Musicianship develops a broad knowledge of musical aspects such as pitch, tonality, rhythm, and composition and history across orchestral, choral, vocal and chamber music.
Music Craft focuses on the rudiments of music and a basic understanding of diatonic harmony. Elements include pitch, rhythm, pulse, tempo, amplitude, articulation, expression, and timbre.
Rockschool Popular Music Theory complements the Rockschool instrumental and vocal syllabuses to support learning of contemporary theory and practices. This includes the usual notation and harmony but also delves into the knowledge of band interactions and ensemble functionality. This further expands to include brass and string instruments from Grade 6. The Rockschool Theory Syllabus also includes some great tips for sitting your exam.
Speech & Performance explores knowledge of dramatic performance, oral interpretation, and spoken interaction across a variety of communication situations and the syllabus perfectly complements the Speech, Drama, and Voice practical courses.
Music Craft assesses both written and aural components throughout the syllabus.
Musicianship introduces an aural section from Grade 4 onwards.
Theory of Music, Speech, and Rockschool exams do not include an aural component.
Exams can be undertaken online at your convenience. After purchasing an online exam, you have the flexibility to sit your exam any time within the next 12 months, during which time you can practice, learn and sit mock exams. Please note that paper-based theory exams will be available only on request to cohorts of students.
Our AMEB Federal website goes into some more detail about the various music theory syllabuses here.