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Popular Music Theory Grade 6

At Popular Music Theory Grade 6 you'll tackle complex pitch intervals, including enharmonic transposition and double accidentals, whilst building on instrument-specific techniques across scores with up to eight different instruments.

Key Skills at Grade 6

What you'll learn at Grade 6:

  • Complex music notation, time signatures and note values
  • Complex elements of popular music harmony
  • Instrumental components and notation, techniques and stylistic traits
  • How to analyse, identify and modify music notation, harmony, stylistic traits and
  • instrumental characteristics within a multi-instrumental score
  • How to interpret a score to make a range of appropriate harmony choices for improvised music and interpret improvisational directions while demonstrating stylistic awareness

What You're Marked On

Your Popular Music Theory Grade 6 exam lasts 180 minutes and is split into four key sections.

Music Notation

At Grade 6 you will cover the following aspects of music notation:

  • Understanding rhythm: double dotted rhythms and less-common time signatures
  • Rhythm: rewriting with a new time signature, and as compound and simple time
  • Understanding pitch: double accidentals
  • Understanding pitch: writing enharmonic pitches
  • Understanding pitch: enharmonic transposition

Popular Music Harmony

At Grade 6 you will cover the following aspects of popular music harmony:

  • Identifying intervals: ♭5, ♭2
  • Understanding modes: modal basics, modal transformation, modal differences, modal knowledge, writing out modes in notes and note names
  • Recognising modes: ionian & aeolian, dorian & mixolydian
  • Understanding, and identifying scales: country, pentatonic, major, minor, and blues
  • Chromaticism: completing chromatic scales, recognising gaps in chromatic scales, writing out chromatic scales, and identifying chromatic fragments

Band Knowledge

At Grade 6 you will cover the following aspects of band knowledge:

  • Identifying intervals: ♭5, ♭2
  • Understanding modes: modal basics, modal transformation, modal differences, modal knowledge, writing out modes in notes and note names
  • Recognising modes: ionian & aeolian, dorian & mixolydian
  • Understanding, and identifying scales: country, pentatonic, major, minor, and blues
  • Chromaticism: completing chromatic scales, recognising gaps in chromatic scales, writing out chromatic scales, and identifying chromatic fragments

Band Analysis

At Grade 6 you will cover the following aspects of band analysis:

  • Understanding scores with up to eight different instruments
  • Understanding the use of improvisation techniques
  • Genre- specific techniques: style and content
  • Understanding of stylistic traits across varied instruments
  • Understanding the harmonic content in band scores
  • Understanding score writing

Timing

Your Grade 6 exam lasts 180 minutes. Candidates are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their exam starts.

Get Started Today!

You can start working towards your Grade 6 exam now! Simply buy or Grade 6 - 8 Guidebook and corresponding Grade 6 Workbook book below and start preparing alongside your music teacher.

If you don't have a music teacher that can help you with music theory, you can quickly find the perfect teacher nearest to you with our handy find a music teacher map.



Books for Popular Music Theory Grade 6

  • Guidebook Grade 6 - 8 Book Cover Guidebook Grade 6 - 8

    Rockschool's Guidebooks are the ideal introduction to music theory for musicians, composers, students and teachers.

  • Workbook Grade 6 Book Cover Workbook Grade 6

    The Rockschool Grade 6 Theory Workbook is the ideal preparation for your Grade 6 theory exam.

  • Workbook Grade 7 Book Cover Workbook Grade 7

    The Rockschool Grade 7 Theory Workbook is the ideal preparation for your Grade 7 theory exam.

  • Workbook Grade 8 Book Cover Workbook Grade 8

    The Rockschool Grade 8 Theory Workbook is the ideal preparation for your Grade 8 theory exam.