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Music Grade Exams

Trinity offers graded exams for a wide range of instruments and singing, 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.


New syllabuses for piano, woodwind, jazz woodwind, singing, brass and electronic keyboard, guitar and strings are now available. 

Register your interest to be kept up to date.


Theory of Music

Woodwind & Jazz Woodwind

Guitar: Classical and Plectrum

Electronic Keyboard & Organ

Strings: Bowed Strings & Harp




Enter for an exam

Our music exams can be taken in many countries all over the world. To enter for an exam, you can download an entry form and send it with the full fee to your local representative. Find out more and enter for an exam

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. Find out more

Assessment criteria

Our diagnostic mark scheme is designed to offer detailed and specific feedback to help candidates with their ongoing learning. View our full Assessment Criteria (excluding Drum Kit)

There are separate criteria for Drum Kit: View our Drum Kit Criteria.


Trinity College London works closely with government agencies worldwide to secure appropriate official recognition of all suitable qualifications. Find out more

Browse and buy our range of music publications

We provide a wide range of publications to support preparation for our exams. These are available through our network of music retailers and our online shop.

Register your interest

To be kept up to date with news about our syllabuses, publications and professional development programmes, as well as competitions and offers, register your interest.

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