Rockschool: Popular Music Theory Guidebook (Grades 6 – 8)


Publisher: Rockschool Ltd.
Format: Books | Theory

The Rockschool Popular Music Theory Guidebook (Grades 6 – 8) is a music theory handbook for students taking Rockschool’s new Level 3 (Grades 6 – 8) theory exams. Use it along with the accompanying Popular Music Theory Workbooks (Grades 6 to 8) to ensure success in your exams. Rock and pop music is analysed in depth, making this essential reading for students of all rock and pop styles. Rockschool’s Popular Music Theory series is also ideal for Music Technology, GCSE and Further Education students.



  • Advanced music notation
  • Time signatures
  • Modes and modal key signatures
  • Advanced scales
  • How transposition works
  • Extended chords and voice leading
  • How to write for instruments in different styles of music
  • A guide to improvisation
  • How to read and analyse a musical score


Rockschool’s Popular Music Theory Syllabus is fully accredited by all four UK regulators and offers UCAS points at Grades 6, 7 & 8. Lean more about Rockschool Popular Music Theory at

ISBN: 9781908920683
Skill Level: Intermediate-Advanced Explain this
Published on: 26 February 2015
Language: English
Catalogue No: RSK011502

      Rockschool: Popular Music Theory Guidebook (Grades 6 - 8) reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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      Scores 9.0 out of 10 based on 2 reviews
      10 out of 10


      Pachuca GB Music Teacher
      It is an excellent complement in the training of musicians of popular genres.
      Reviewer left no comment
      Confirmed purchase: 09 February 2017
      Published on: 24 February 2017
      8 out of 10


      Walsall GB Developing musician
      Many points are covered sufficiently for the theory exam.
      Even though there is a grade by grade requirement for some of the content, not all of the content is divided into what is needed for each grade.
      Confirmed purchase: 07 July 2015
      Published on: 30 July 2015