AmusTCL* Diploma Resources and Courses

*Associate of Music, Trinity College London

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Candidates sitting the AmusTCL (2021-2024 syllabus) should choose five questions from the exam paper, with at least one question from section A, and one from section B.

Section A

  • Lutheran (Bach) Chorale
  • Classical Orchestration
  • Early Romantic Piano Composition
  • 20th Century Popular Song Composition (Piano)
  • 20th Century Melodic Composition (Solo instrument)

Section B

  • Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra
  • Beethoven – Piano Trio Op.97
  • Handel – Water Music
  • Monteverdi – Orfeo (Acts 1-3)
  • Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker (Act 2)

AmusTCL Course Material by MyMusicTheory

Bach Chorales


Learn how to write Bach-style chorales. Includes practice questions.

Classical Orchestration


Classical Orchestration. Includes practice questions.

20th c. Composition


20thC Melodic Composition. Includes practice questions.

Suggested Study List

AmusTCL Study Guide (Section A) (Published by Trinity College London)

General Background Reading

Hurd, M.: An Outline History of European Music

A. Butterworth: Harmony in Practice

Taylor, E.: The AB Guide to Music Theory Part 2

Pratt, G.: The Dynamics of Harmony – Principles and Practice

Bach Chorales

J.S. Bach: 371 Harmonised Chorales

Classical Orchestration

Carse, A.: The History of Orchestration

Jacob, G.: Orchestral Technique – A Manual for Students

Palmer, K.: Orchestration (Teach Yourself Books)

(Video) Techniques of Orchestration Part 1 | How To Orchestrate a Chord by Rick Beato

Composition (Romantic Keyboard, 20th Century Pop Song Composition & Modern Solo Instrumental Composition)

Schoenberg, A.: The Fundamentals of Music Composition (General techniques, not restricted to Schoeberg’s own style)

Set Works Study Scores (opens Amazon in a new window)

Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra

Beethoven – Piano Trio Op.97

Handel – Water Music

Monteverdi – Orfeo

Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker