MUSIC EXAMINATION BOARDS

Certificate level
Equivalent grade level
Foundation
Grade 3
Intermediate
Grade 5
Advanced
Grade 8

TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON


Music Grade Exams

Trinity offers graded exams for a wide range of instruments, from Initial to Grade 8. Our exams offer the choice and flexibility to allow candidates to play to their strengths, enabling them to gain recognition for their own unique skills as performers.


Exam structure

Candidates perform three (or sometimes four) pieces, and technical work featuring scales and arpeggios, exercises or orchestral extracts. They also choose two supporting tests from a selection including sight reading, aural, musical knowledge and improvising.


ROCK & POP EXAM

When you take our Rock & Pop exams, you'll improve your musical skills and your achievements will be recognised. You'll also play some great music.


The exams include many distinctive new features:

Learn through performance: The exams reflect the way rock and pop performers learn – through playing the music. You'll perform three songs, usually to a backing track, and learn the important skills you'll need as a musician.
Play great music: In your exam you'll be playing and singing great classic and recent tracks - our song lists feature a wide range of artists from the Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Joni Mitchell through to Radiohead, Kings of Leon and Jessie J.
Improve your technique: We've carefully chosen songs that are appropriate for each exam – songs that will improve the technical aspects of your playing, building your skills as you progress through the grades.
Make your exam your own: You can tailor your exam so that it showcases your musical personality – you can choose to perform a cover version of a favourite song, you can accompany yourself, you can play to your own backing track or, if you're a songwriter, you can perform one of your own songs.
Boost your confidence: The exams give you invaluable experience of planning and playing a set - a perfect preparation for auditions and performances in the future.

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