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Specifications for aural tests and improvisation tests are changing for all instruments. The changes apply to all exams taken from 1 January 2017 onwards.

See the supporting tests page for new test specifications and information about sample materials.

Please note that there is no overlap for supporting tests, and the previous aural tests and improvisation tests can therefore no longer be used.


Our Piano syllabus offers the choice and flexibility to allow candidates to play to their strengths, enabling them to gain recognition for their own unique skills as performers.

The new Piano 2018-2020 syllabus will be available in June 2017 and valid from 1 January 2018, with a 1 year overlap arrangement in place. More details coming soon: to be kept up to date with news about this and our other syllabuses, register your interest.

Piano syllabus

The current Piano syllabus is valid from 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2017 and contains full details of our grade exams in Piano and Piano Accompanying.

The syllabus includes brand new repertoire lists featuring a wide range of styles and genres, as well as new technical work.

Syllabus errata

View syllabus errata for the 2015-2017 Piano syllabus.


You should read the syllabus requirements carefully before your exam. If you do not meet all the relevant requirements, the examiner may refer your exam result to Trinity’s London office for review and marks may be deducted.

Please see Information and Regulations and Syllabus infringements for more information.


Supporting publications

A series of graded piano repertoire books for Initial to Grade 8 is available now and contains new repertoire and exercises. The series is available as book only and CD only, and also as book with CD and teaching notes for the grade. New scales and arpeggios books and a separate book of teaching notes are also available.

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Listen to sample audio from the new graded piano repertoire books

Additional teaching notes and audio

Additional teaching notes for Grade 8, including Bartók's Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm no. 2 and Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm no. 6, are available to download here.

A free mp3 reference recording of Dance in Bulgarian Rhythm no. 6 is also available and can be download here.

Syllabus support

A range of support resources are available on our online learning platform.

Further information

Full details of entry procedures and exam regulations can be found in our Information & Regulations booklet (PDF, 486KB)

Enter for an exam

To enter for an exam, download an entry form and send it with the full fee to your local representative. Find out more and enter for an exam

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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