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Theory exams

Australian Music Examinations Board (AMEB) Qld offers graded online and written examinations in Theory.

Three syllabuses are available for examination in the theoretical aspects of music, namely:

  • Music Craft: Preliminary to Grade 6, with exams including both written and aural components throughout the syllabus
  • Theory of Music: Grade 1 to Grade 6, associate and licentiate diploma (diplomas are available in musicology, harmony and counterpoint, and orchestration and arrangement)
  • Musicianship: Grade 1 to Grade 6, associate and licentiate diploma, with exams including aural components from Grade 4 onwards.

Candidates may complete certain theory courses and examinations online through the AMEB online learning and exams centre. The online examinations use the same syllabus as the written examination papers. The aural components, if applicable, are administered through the computer's speakers within the exam. 

To receive their certificate, practical music examination candidates undertaking Grade 6 or higher will need to attain certain music craft or theory of music or musicianship qualifications.

Further, both the associate and licentiate theory of music and musicianship diplomas require certain practical music examination levels to have been reached.

For the full syllabus requirements, please refer to the Manual of Syllabuses or visit the AMEB online learning and exams centre.

More information about speech and performance theory can be found on the 'Speech and Drama exams' tab.

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Last updated 24 January 2020