The Pop Music Theory Grade 3 Course is a fully online course that provides an accelerated route for practicing musicians, music students and enthusiasts to study for their Grade 3 Certification in Music Theory! The exciting thing is that you do not need to have Grade 1 or 2 to participate and the course materials focus on contemporary music- popular songs! The course targets participants who have learnt to play a musical instrument by ear, but want a formal understanding of music theory, as well as those who are now starting out as music students.

At the end of this course, participants should:

1. Explain fundamental music theory concepts, without assistance.

2. Relate music theory concepts to simple melodies.

3. Analyze contemporary music compositions using music theory concepts

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Course Content:

  • Music Notation- 20%
  • Popular Music Harmony- 25%
  • Band Knowledge- Identification of instruments and Components/ Notation and Techniques- 25%
  • Band Analysis- Identification of music notation, harmony and the stylistic characteristics of drums, guitar, bass, keys and vocals in a multi-instrumentalist context- 30%


The course is made up of the following components:

  1. Music Theory Live Classes–  Participants will benefit from weekly Online 2hr lecture sessions! Class recordings will also be made available to those who may be unable to attend.
  2. Post-Lesson Activities- There will be compulsory weekly quizzes and activities after each lesson to be completed.
  3. Past Paper Review- On completion of the training their will be past paper review sessions.
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Next Start Date: This is a 3-month Live Online Course. Next start date Sep 27th 2022! Classes will be on every Tues from 5:30PM-7:30PM AST

Cost & Exam: $750 TTD or $125 USD for those living outside Trinidad and Tobago. Exam fees are NOT included! Upon completing the training participants must sign-up directly with RSL Awards to do their exams online. The exam fee for this is currently £44! We will provide guidance on how to register and do this! The exam is fully online and you can take it from the comfort of your home- anywhere in the world!

Meeting Times: This Class is Fully Online. Upon sign-up, you will receive log-in details for our Virtual Classroom within 24hrs.

Hardware Requirements: Participants should have access to a reliable broadband internet service for the best experience on this course.

Software Requirements: Computers should have the latest version of the Google Chrome browser installed. Participants will also need to have the free version of Flat.io installed.

This course prepares students to sit the Popular Music Theory Grade 3 Exam- Awarded by RSL Awards in the United Kingdom (UK).

RSL Awards is an awarding body specializing in the creative industries- designing qualifications which are relevant and reflective of today’s creative sector. RSL qualifications are fully regulated by every UK regulatory body and carry UCAS Points at Grades 6, 7 & 8 which can be used to gain entry into UK university programmes.

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DianJen A nationally recognized Arts Education Organisation, registered with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture & the Arts in Trinidad and Tobago
Founded in 2012, DianJen (Dye-an-Jen) is a Music Industry Training, Production and Management Consulting Firm, based in Gasparillo, Trinidad and Tobago. The company was formed in response to the need for high quality training for stakeholders in the Caribbean Music and Entertainment Industry and to provide upcoming artists with recording and international promotional opportunities.
DianJen has a track record of excellence, working with hundreds of young persons and competently delivering several camps in partnership with the Ministry of Community Development, Culture and the Arts since 2013!

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A Closer Look at What You Will Learn

  • The Staff System
  • Major and Minor Scales
  • Pentatonic Scales
  • Harmonic and Melodic Minor Scales
  • The Blues Scale
  • The Modes
  • Much More

This module reveals how to apply music theory concepts in your music productions- without leaving the comfort of your DAW! Topics include:

  • Pitch
  • Key Signatures and Accidentals
  • Note Durations
  • Counting Rhythms
  • Triplets
  • Dotted Notes and Times
  • Simple Vs. Compound Time
  • Much More
  • Times signatures
  • Drawing Notes
  • Repeat Measures
  • Beams
  • Dynamics and Accidentals
  • Much More

This course covers provides an overview of various ways to structure songs. It covers:

  • Chords and Triads
  • Notation and Inversions
  • Seventh Chords
  • Thirteen Chords
  • Suspended Chords
  • Chord Progressions
  • Pedal, Ostinatos and Drones
  • Much More

This course introduces you to the tools and considerations necessary when setting up your home studio. Topics include:

  • Rhythmic Basics
  • Time and Feel
  • Rhythmic Genres
  • Complex Rhythms

This course provides training in sound recording techniques and theory. Topics include:

  • Relative Vs. Perfect Pitch
  • Half Step Vs. Whole Steps
  • Solfege
  • Tuning
  • Intervallic Recognition
  • Transcription

This course provides training in signal processing techniques. Topics include:

  • Root and Dyads
  • Triads and Seventh Chords
  • Hearing Chords and Arpeggios
  • Extensions and Altered Chords
  • Chord Progression

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When You Join Our Family You Also Get

  • All Learning Materials
  • Access to Our World Class Learning Management System
  • Monthly Music Theory Webinars
  • Special Industry Newsletters
  • Discounted Recording Packages
  • International Training Library
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This course is open to everyone with an interest in Music Theory. There are no formal academic requirements for entry!

Yes! All participants completing the programme and coursework assignments receive a Certificate of Completion from DianJen. It is up to the student to sign up with RSL Awards to take their Grade 3 Exam online!

After paying for the course you will receive log-in credentials within 24 Hrs to the Live Classes

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Tuition Fees

For Trinidad & Tobago Residents

$750 TTD Full Fee
  • Full Course Tuition
  • DianJen Certificate of Completion

For Caribbean and International Residents

$125 USDFull Fee
  • Full Course Tuition
  • DianJen Certificate of Completion