Music Theory

Our Theory of Music syllabus responds to modern teaching and learning styles with Theory of Music Workbooks presenting the study of musical theory in bright and practical formats, attractive to both the student and the teacher. Not only will it help you to progress more quickly on your instrument, studying for our Theory exams will help you to gain a broad understanding of classical music.

Although there are no theory prerequisites for taking any Trinity College London practical graded exams, theoretical musical knowledge works to enhance and support practical studies.

  • Comprehensive and carefully incremented approach to the technical language of music, supported by approachable workbooks
  • Gain a solid foundation in music literacy: the conventions of Western music notation, melody, rhythm and harmony
  • Build your knowledge of music history, as well as form and instrumental capabilities
  • Complement and enhance your practical instrumental or vocal studies
  • Available for Grades 1–8 with accompanying workbooks containing all requirements for the exams, including information for teachers, hints and tips for candidates, tasks and questions for the grade, worked examples and more.

Further information

Please contact the Trinity China office for a copy of the documents below:

  • Theory of Music syllabus
  • Musical terms
  • Theory supplement
  • Theory Workbook Sample
  • Syllabus supplement


Candidates should ensure that they are using the fourth impression or onwards of the Theory of Music syllabus.