Australian Music Examinations Board
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Online Theory Courses


The Online Theory courses are managed by the AMEB Federal Office. If you have any queries please contact the Federal Office, rather than your AMEB State Office. The Federal Office customer support team can be reached 9am-5pm weekdays via phone on 1300 725 709 or email at


Step-by-step guide - how to get started

  • Go to AMEB ONLINE - Learning & Exams 
  • Click 'Register and buy exams or courses'.
  • Select your state. If you're from NSW, ACT or Victoria, you'll also be asked what you would like to do. Select 'Buy Online Course or Fellowship Exam'.
  • Complete the form with your details. You'll receive an email with a link to click which will activate your account.
  • Login to AMEB ONLINE - Learning & Exams by entering your Account Holder email address and password.
  • Choose 'Buy exams or courses' or 'Buy Courses' from the left-hand menu.
  • Choose the course you'd like to purchase, click on it and then fill in the candidate's details. Click "Checkout".
  • You will then receive an email receipt with a Course Key and Course Pin. These details are also available via your Account Holder profile.
  • To access your online course, go to AMEB Online, and click login. (If you’re still logged in as an Account Holder from enrolling in the course, log out first.)
  • When you log in, select Course Candidate from the dropdown menu and enter the Course Key and Course Pin as above.
  • You are now logged into your course and should see all the lessons on the left of your screen.

Please note: Your login details for your online course will only work at If you have an account with other sites, such as AMEB Connect or, they will not work with AMEB Online.


Online courses

Online courses allow students to prepare for AMEB Theory of Music examinations in an online setting. Once a student has successfully completed the online course they will be ready to do an AMEB Theory of Music exam. AMEB Online Theory courses are made up of a series of video lessons with accompanying practice tests for each lesson and also feature a downloadable PDF containing an outline of the lesson content. The lessons and tests may be reviewed as many times as necessary. The courses allow students to learn independently and at their own pace and are suitable for both child and adult learners.


The self-guided courses are made up of 12-15 pre-recorded video lessons accompanied by interactive online practice tests. These tests are graded and timed and can be used to measure the student’s progress as well as assist a student who may be preparing for an AMEB Theory exam. Students may progress through the material in any way they choose and may return to the lessons or tests at any time through the life of the course.


Teacher support

Courses are made up of video lessons and accompanying practice tests which are graded. Test results may be used by teachers to monitor students' progress and to identify areas requiring further support.


Grade One


By the end of this course you will:

  • Read and write musical notation
  • Build chords and intervals
  • Transpose melodies
  • Recognise and write major scales

There are no pre-requisites for the Grade One Online Theory of Music Course.


Grade Two


By the end of this course you will:

  • Use triplets and compound meters
  • Build perfect, major and minor intervals
  • Identify musical forms
  • Write minor scales and key signatures
  • Translate Italian terms for musical signs 

There are no pre-requisites for the Grade Two Online Theory of Music Course.


Grade Three


  • Write major scales up to four flats and sharps, minor scales to three flats
  • Learn the primary triads and how to write triads in first inversion 
  • Learn perfect and plagal cadences 
  • Learn rondo form 
  • Write a four-bar melody 
  • Learn compound triple time 

There are no pre-requisites for the Grade Three Online Theory of Music Course. 


Grade Four - NEW

$29.95 until July 31st 2021 - regular price $38.95

  • Understand double sharps and double flats, diatonic and chromatic semitones 
  • Write intervals below the tonic and invert intervals 
  • Recognise modulations to the dominant or relative key 
  • Understand 6/4 and 12/8 time
  • Recognise syncopation 
  • Recognise and write all four of the principle cadences 
  • Harmonise a simple melody of up to six bars using new harmonic vocabulary 
  • Write a melody to a verse couplet 
  • Transpose melodies that contain accidentals 
  • Show a general knowledge of the dances of the Baroque Suite 
  • Show a general knowledge of the string instruments of the symphony orchestra 

There are no pre-requisites for the Grade Four Online Theory of Music Course.