London College of Music

Download a syllabus

Exams are offered across a wide range of subjects, catering for all levels of ability.

Use the tabs and links below to access the appropriate information for your subject and level.

For many exams you will need to refer to two documents:

  • the syllabus, for assessment criteria, mark scheme and regulations
  • the repertoire list, for details of which pieces, scales and tests candidates are required to prepare

Printed copies are available on request from the LCM Exams office.


Piano, Keyboard & Organ

Steps, Grades and Leisure Play

Music Grades Syllabus (pdf, 319 kb)​

Electronic Keyboard Grades Syllabus (pdf, 440 kb)

Electronic Organ Grades Syllabus (pdf, 422 kb)

Jazz Grades Syllabus (pdf, 301 kb)


Performance and Teaching Diplomas Syllabus (pdf, 311 kb)

Jazz Diplomas Syllabus (pdf, 300 kb)



  • Piano: recordings of all graded pieces (handbook studies and pieces and supplementary list pieces) are available as mp3 downloads from LCMEbooks​
  • Electronic keyboard: recordings of all studies and pieces from the Grades 1-5 handbooks are available as mp3 downloads from LCMEbooks


Handbooks & Anthologies

Graded handbooks, containing everything required for the exam in one volume, are available through music shops or from the LCM Online Shop

  • Piano handbooks
  • Piano anthology
  • Electronic keyboard handbooks
  • Electronic organ handbooks
  • Jazz piano handbooks


Reading List

Piano Teaching Diplomas: Suggested Reading (pdf, 129 kb)


Traditional Music


Irish Traditional Music Syllabus 2016 (pdf, 952 kb)

Irish and Scottish Traditional Music Grades and Diplomas (pdf, 361 kb)

The Scottish Traditional syllabus is valid from 1 January 2009 until 31 December 2017. Please note that due to the release of a new Irish Traditional Syllabus, this part of the syllabus is valid until 31 December 2016. The new syllabus is available above.

Performance Awards in Chinese Music (PACM) (pdf, 104 kb)


Irish Traditional Music: Reading List (pdf, 112 kb)

Scottish Traditional Music: Repertoire Suggestions (pdf, 73 kb)

Early Learning




Early Childhood Music Teaching


Professional Achievement


School Music Performance

School Music Performance Awards are a new range of qualifications suitable for beginners through to intermediate players, available for guitar, bass, keyboard and drums. They have been developed in partnership with Gigajam.​
Regulated by Ofqual at Entry level and Levels 1 & 2, they have been created in direct response to the government's National Plan for Music, and are designed to enable more students - at school and home - to learn to play a musical instrument and receive recognition for their progress.
Students learning using Gigajam simply complete the exercises in their chosen instrument and upload and store their performances in their e-Portfolio. They can do this using either the video capture or award-winning Analyser software. At the end of each grade they then have five songs to perform and store, proving their skill and fluency in performing on their instrument. Their class teacher will then verify two specified exercises from the course, along with one song to confirm that the portfolio is consistent with the level the student is performing at.

Stave House

Stave House BoardStave House Music Awards are qualifications for beginner instrumentalists, offered by Stave House in partnership with London College of Music Exams.

The Stave House method

Stave House was created by Ruth Travers, and was designed to:

  • teach young children to read music;
  • make it possible for non-music specialists to teach notation to children, either as parents at home or as teachers in class.

Stave House teaches pitch, notation, rhythm, sight reading, visual pitch and structure, for treble, bass and alto clefs. It helps to develop musical memory, pitch, singing, confidence, performance skills, composition, spatial awareness, lateral thinking, fine motor skills, concentration and interaction.

Stave House may be used individually or in groups, and is adaptable for children aged three to 10 years. It is taught using:

  • magnetic boards with moveable characters
  • a CD (or music download) containing the songs and rhymes
  • a teachers' / parents' manual set out in nine easy steps
  • three play books for the children to play from and fill in.

Stave House Music Awards Syllabus

Stave House Teaching Diploma

A new teaching diploma is now available, designed specifically for teachers using the Stave House method. 

Further information

For further details about the Stave House method, and information about publications and how to become a registered teacher, visit

DJ Skills

In conjunction with Music Factory Entertainment Group, LCM Exams have created new DJ Skills (DJS) qualifications.

The examinations assess multiple skill-sets applicable to becoming proficient in the skills of being a disc jockey. Knowledge and understanding along with the development of relevant skills are articulated via the teaching and learning platform DJ Dynamics, offered by Music Factory Entertainment Group in conjunction with the University of West London. The assessments leading to the qualifications include testing of knowledge and understanding and practical testing.

The three levels of qualification are as follows:

  • Introductory Level (Grade 5): Fundamentals of Mixing (Level 2 QCF)
  • Intermediate Level (Grade 8): Advanced Mixing (Level 3 QCF)
  • Advanced Level (Diploma of London College of Music): Music Production (Level 4 QCF)

To find out more please visit the DJ Dynamics website.