Popular Music Theory

About LCME Popular Music Theory Exams

There are eight LCME Popular Music Theory grades, plus one introductory level.

This is a unique music theory examination syllabus designed specifically for students of Popular Music.

Regardless of which instrument you play and whichever style of popular music you like, these examinations offer a comprehensive and structured approach to studying the theory behind playing popular music. Students of popular music can gain internationally recognised qualifications that are equivalent in stature to those available in the classical music education field.

The emphasis within this syllabus is on musical knowledge and information that you need in order to improve your playing in all styles of popular music.


How to book your Popular Music Theory Exam

  • UK & Ireland candidates: You can enter a Popular Music Theory exam via ERIC, our online booking platform.

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