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Composition by Thesis, Portfolio, and Music Theory: FLCM, LLCM, ALCM, LMusTCL, AMusTCL

David Leung


Diplomatic Qualifications for Musical Careers



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2025-2026 Music Theory and Composition (Popular / Serious Music) Courses:

All study units offered are compatible with the new examination syllabus (2025-2026) of Trinity College of Music London (TCL), and London College of Music (West London) (LCM). Students may choose either on-line (zoom/skype) or Face-to-Face study for lessons.

Current Syllabus of Diplomatic Examination:

  • AMusTCL examination
  • LMusTCL examination
  • AMusLCM examination
  • LMusLCM examination
  • Popular Music Theory Grade 8 examination
  • Popular Music Composition and Arrangement
  • Jazz Music Theory and Harmonic Concepts
  • Composing for Film and Moving Images
  • Band Orchestration and Arrangement

Download 2025-2026 study programs of new study units


Announcement from David Music Center :

Our Center offers all preparatory courses/units for different external examinations of Music Theory, Composition, and Musicology from elementary level up to master level, including Grade 8 theory, AMusTCL, LMusTCL, ALCM, and LLCM. Students are trained to accomplish a professional qualification to support their music career.

London College of Music (LCM)
Study units for LCM examination

01.LCM Grade 8 Examination in Composition Courses
• 02.DipMusLCM Comprehensive Course (contact for study details)
03.AMusLCM Comprehensive Course
04.LMusLCM: Paper I Questions Preparation
05.LMusLCM: Paper II Question Preparation
06.LMusLCM Set Piece Study (current syllabus)
07.ALCM in Composition: Portfolio Preparation
08.LLCM in Composition: Portfolio Preparation
09.FLCM in Composition: Portfolio Preparation
10.ALCM by Thesis: Dissertation Preparation
11.LLCM by Thesis: Dissertation Preparation
12.FLCM by Thesis: Dissertation Preparation


Download London College of Music Examinations (LCM)


Trinity College of Music (TCL)
New Courses/Units for New Syllabus from :

  • LMusTCL Preparatory Course Unit (Part B-II): The Development of Orchestra Music and Literature in Historical Context
  • LMusTCL Set Piece Study Unit (Part B-I): Schubert String Quartet D667‘The Trout’/ Richard Strauss ‘The 4 Last Songs’
  • LMusTCL Preparatory Course Unit (Part A-II): The Study of Musical Styles in Various Historical Periods
  • LMusTCL Preparatory Course Unit (Part A-Ia): Writing String Quartet
  • LMusTCL Preparatory Course Unit (Part A Ib): Writing Piano Variations in Romantic Style
  • LMusTCL Preparatory Course Unit (Part A-Ic): Orchestration for Classical Orchestra
    Special Study Program: AMusTCL
  • Comprehensive courses/units for Composition
    Music Composition I (optional): Composing for Pop and Film Music
  • Music Composition II (optional): Stylistic Composition for Art Music
  • Music Composition III (optional): Composing in Contemporary Style
  • Contrapuntal Writing: Strict and Free Counterpoints
  • Study of Instrumentation, Orchestration and Band Scoring
  • LMusTCL Pre-Preparatory Unit: Advance Harmonic Analysis in Tonal Practice
  • Advance Music Analysis: Introduction to Schenkerian Theory
  • Advance Music Analysis: Introduction to Set Theory

David Music Center was established by Mr. David Leung (online author: theorydavid, davidleungtheory, or Leung Sir), introducing courses of music theory and composition for the diplomatic examinations held by ABRSM, Trinity College of Music and London College of Music. Leung Sir offers academic music tuition in the form of small group for different levels of music theory, music literacy or composition, such as ABRSM Grade 8 Music Theory, LCM Grade 8 Composition, ALCM, LLCM, FLCM in Composition or by Thesis, AMusLCM, LMusLCM in Music Literacy, as well as AMusTCL, LMusTCL in Music Theory, Film Music Scoring and Analysis, Elementary Harmony, Advance Harmony, Melody Writing, Music Analysis and Interpretation, Pop Song Writing, Music History and Style, Piano Music Study, Form and Structure, Schenkerian Analysis, Tonal Harmony, Set theory, Orchestration, Jazz theory, Strict Counterpoint, as well as Free Counterpoint etc.

Apart from the common Diplomatic Examinations held by Trinity College of London, please let me know if you are also interested in private tuition, two-person learning group, or online study through Zoom or Skype for the examinations held by London College in Thesis or in Composition (such as FLCM, LLCM, ALCM, AMusLCM, as well as Research Paper Tutoring / Editing, and Effective English Writing for normal Graduate Study), or in any level of music examination preparatory study, as well as pre-examination intensive study.


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