Music Theory Syllabus

Section 6 - Transposition

This section only appears from Grade Three onwards.
In this section candidates will be asked to transpose, or identify transposed, chord progressions and (at higher grades) melodies.
Further information on all aspects of this section of the examination is given in the grade handbooks - which also contain sample questions and answers.

Grade Three

  • Transposing a chord progression, presented in chord symbols, up or down one whole step (whole tone) within a range of keys up to 2 sharps and 2 flats.

Grade Four

  • Transposing a chord progression, presented in chord symbols, up or down one whole step (whole tone) tone or half step (semitone) within a range of keys up to 3 sharps and 3 flats.

Grade Five

  • Transposing a chord progression, presented in chord symbols, into any key within a range of keys up to 4 sharps and 4 flats.

Grade Six

  • Transposing chords, presented in chord symbols, into any key within a range up to 5 sharps and 5 flats.
  • Transposing melodies up or down a whole step (whole tone) within a range of keys up to 5 sharps and 5 flats.

Grade Seven

  • Transposing chords, presented in chord symbols, into any key.
  • Transposing melodies into near or related keys.
  • Transposing between the treble and bass clef.

Grade Eight

  • Transposing chords, presented in chord symbols, into any key.
  • Transposing melodies into any key.
  • Transposing between the treble and bass clef.
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