Music Theory

As instrumental skills progress, development in music theory and musicianship becomes increasingly important in helping students to perform with sensitivity, understanding and confidence.

Become a more skilled, articulate and confident musician. 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.

Guide Books

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 Grade 1–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

Understanding 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 30 UCASpoints 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.

You can also sit mock exams online at MLC University.

MLC-Academy offers RSL Awards' music theory syllabus. The aim is to give students a thorough understanding of the building blocks of music, starting with the basics of rhythm and notes, and going on to cover harmony and counterpoint, composition, and a broad knowledge of western music, including composers and their works, structure, style and period.

Many further education music colleges require you to have grade 5 (level 2) as standard! The course is on-going and aims to have you ready to sit an exam by July of next year.

Music Theory is taught within every music lesson given at MLC Academy up to and including grade 3. We advise additional theory lessons for those wishing to take grades 4 to 8.