Australian Music Examinations Board
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Online Theory Courses

Theory of Music online courses now FREE

As a part of efforts to support music education through the COVID-19 outbreak, we're providing FREE online Theory of Music courses. View all the other support on offer here. 


AMEB's Online Theory courses allow students to learn music theory at their own pace, independently or supporting what is taught in the classroom or private music studio. Our online courses for Grades 1 to 3 Theory of Music are now free until June 30 from


AMEB has made their Theory Courses free for the time being while we all adapt to learning from home and we hope that teachers, parents and students find this a useful resource. AMEB is a self-funding organisation that relies on exam fees and book sales to fund the activities that we undertake. For that reason, it is not possible to make exams free.

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 not be charged or asked for payment details.
  • 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.
  • To take the lesson tests, download the AMEB ONLINE - Learning & Exams Software. *Please note that the tests can only be launched on a computer (not a phone or tablet).

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. Teachers can assign homework, monitor progress.


Grade One

$49.95  (FREE UNTIL JUNE 30th 2020)

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

$59.95   (FREE UNTIL JUNE 30th 2020)

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

$69.95   (FREE UNTIL JUNE 30th 2020)

  • 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.