Resources and syllabus
Music Theory syllabus from 2018
Read the updated syllabus for Music Theory exams from 2018 onwards.
Music Theory in Practice
We are not making any changes to our Music Theory in Practice books for Grades 1 to 5. They still cover all the knowledge and skills you need for our Music Theory exams at these grades from 2018. The sections on rhythm-writing, word-setting and melody writing will not be directly relevant to the exams from 2018, but overall Music Theory in Practice continues to provide plenty of valuable teaching and learning material for the exams.
First Steps in Music Theory and The AB Guide to Music Theory (Part 1)
We are not be making any changes to these books. They cover the basic principles of music theory and provide a thorough introduction to the knowledge and understanding needed at Grades 1 to 5. They continue to offer valuable support for exam preparation from 2018 onwards.
New printed Practice Papers
You are now able to buy printed Practice Papers and Model Answers for the revised exams at Grades 1 to 5 – these can be found in our online shop or ask your local retailer. The papers are based on questions from the 2017 exams, adjusted to reflect the revised questions that all candidates will be answering from 2018 onwards.
Past Papers from previous years
You are still able to buy Past Papers and Model Answers from previous years (2016 and earlier). They continue to provide valuable teaching material and can be used in addition to the new Practice Papers.