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Welcome to Popular Music Theory: Level 1. This curriculum level course is designed to give teachers, learners and candidates paced, practical information on the Graded Popular Music Theory Exams run by Rockschool.

Qualification Aims

The aim of the this course is to provide musicians with the opportunity to attain valuable knowledge in the theory of performance in a popular music context. The qualifications on offer will be available to anyone with an interest in studying the theoretical side of music performance. It is primarily aimed at musicians who play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards/piano or sing. Aside from individual instrumental knowledge there is a focus on band interaction and how the instruments in a band function together.

Total Qualification Time

  • Total Qualification Time: 34.5 hours
  • Total Guided Learning Hours: 12.5
  • Recommended Practice Time: 22 hours


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