LCM MUSIC THEORY EXAMINATIONS

Examination Overview and Marking Scheme
Theory of Music (Step, Grade 1–5)

TOPICStepGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3Grade 4Grade 5
Key & Key Signature10%10%5%
Chords & Harmony10%5%10%20%20%
Pitches & Intervals10%20%30%20%10%10%
Scales & Modes10%10%10%10%10%10%
Rhythm & Rests40%10%10%10%5%5%
Metre & Time Signature30%10%10%10%10%10%
Questions (incl. signs & terms)30%30%30%30%30%
Transposition & clefs10%10%10%
Ornaments5%5%

Examination Overview and Marking Scheme
Theory of Music (Grade 6–8)

Performance Option

TOPICGrade 6Grade 7Grade 8
Melodic Writing & Free Composition10%15%
Stylistic Composition, Dance Forms & Counterpoint50%30%45%
Decorations10%15%15%
Questions30%40%40%

Composition Option

TOPICGrade 6Grade 7Grade 8
Melodic Writing & Free Composition20%20%40%
Stylistic Composition, Dance Forms & Counterpoint50%40%20%
Questions30%40%40%

Examination Overview and Marking Scheme
Popular Theory (Preliminary, Grade 1–8)

TOPICPreliminaryGrade 1Grade 2Grade 3-8
Scales and Keys45%40%35%20%
Chords35%35%30%20%
Rhythm Notation20%13%13%10%
Knowledge of Popular Music12%12%15%
Harmony10%25%
Transposition10%