Theory of Music

About LCME Theory of Music Exams

There are eight LCME Music Theory grades, plus one introductory level and three diplomas.

Our Music Theory exams are key to the knowledge required, not only for the understanding and performance of the pieces in practical exams, but also for the technical work, discussion and aural test elements.

  • Step and Grades 1-8 are offered in all sessions
  • Theory Diplomas are only offered in the Summer

LCME Theory of Music syllabus for 2024-2025

The LCME Theory of Music Syllabus 2024-2025 can be viewed here:



How to book your Theory of Music Exam

  • UK & Ireland candidates:You can enter a Theory of Music exam via ERIC, our online booking platform.
  • International candidates: Please get in touch with your local LCME representative.

What's in the exam

Pre-Grade 1

Time allowed

  • Step: 1.5 hours

Time allowed

  • Grade 1: 1.5 hours
  • Grades 2-4: 2 hours
  • Grades 5-8: 3 hours

Time allowed

  • 3 hours

Time allowed

  • Paper 1: 3 hours
  • Paper 2: 3 hours

Time allowed

  • Paper 1: completed in advance
  • Paper 2: 3 hours

Download Syllabus