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Get the most out of your investment in your child's musical education. Students enrolled in our theory program become more knowledgeable and better thinkers, performers, and listeners. Students will sharpen their creative, critical, analytical, problem-solving, and reasoning skills. Students will experience meaningful learning through the teaching of musical relationships, patterns and possibilities, and connecting everything to sound.


Contrary to the widespread practice of using graded theory books published by piano teachers without qualifications in musicology, we use internationally-recognised, peer-reviewed music theory literature published by qualified musicologists. We do not teach from the AMEB, Master Your Theory, or Blitz Theory books. We teach music first, then we practice.

There are two styles of classes available:


Classes are organised by grade as per the AMEB Theory of Music syllabus. In each class, students are taught concepts that will enable them successfully complete the appropriate grade exam online. Students do not need to sit the online exam if they do not wish to. Students may be able to join any grade without having completed any previous courses or exams. 

This class best suits students who:

  • need to pass theory exams in order to pass practical exams (e.g. grade 4 theory is required to pass grade 8 practical)

  • will benefit from a more incremental approach

  • thrive having clear goals and recognised achievement

Our classes for AMEB Theory of Music are taught by a senior staff member who holds a degree in composition.


Classes are organised by concepts. Students learn concepts from scratch and to a great depth and with great thoroughness. In the AMEB Theory of Music classes, the depth to which a concept is explored is appropriately limited to the grade studied. Our enrichment classes teach concepts in their entirety. 

This class best suits students who:

  • are not in a hurry or don't want to complete a certain grade

  • are playing at a mid to high level of performance

  • adults (but kids can do it, too!)

Our classes for enrichment are taught by the Academy Director who is an award-winning former lecturer of musicology.


AMEB Grade 4 Theory of Music

Grade 4 Theory of Music is a syllabus prescribed by the Australian Music Examination Board and is the minimum grade required in order to pass Grade 8 Practical. 


How does it work?

Students can join in person at the Academy or live online from the convenience of your own home. If students can attend neither in person or live online, they can watch the recorded class in their own time. 


What's included?

Tuition fees include over 24 hours of input: classes, feedback, and exam supervision.

  • 20 x 45-minute classes with a multi-award-winning associate lecturer of musicology

  • 20 individualised feedback videos

  • Downloadable worksheets with answers

  • Past exam questions

  • Past exam answers (exclusive to Advantage Music Academy!)

  • Exam fee (exam conducted online)

  • Exam supervision (conducted online)

We suggest students use a mobile device with a PDF reader and digital pen to complete work. This will save resources and facilitate easy marking and feedback.

We sit the exam ourselves every year to check for surprises! 


How long does the course run for?

April 28 - September 22

Live classes will be held on Thursdays, 3:45pm- 4:30pm.

New course content will no longer be created after the course completion date of September 22 (after 20 classes) However, students will continue to have access to all the content and receive feedback (20 feedback videos in total) and can sit the exam any time within 12 months of enrolling. 


Attend in person or live online, or complete the course entirely at your own pace (recorded classes). Students have 12 months to complete the course and sit the exam. 

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