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Music Diplomas

Performance Diplomas

These, our most advanced performance awards, follow on from our Grade and Certificate exams, taking musicians up to a professional standard of performance and musical understanding. We offer Recital Diplomas for classical musicians and Pro-Music Diplomas for session musicians with a focus on professional practice.

  • Please note that the current option to enter for a jazz diploma is being withdrawn. Entries for jazz diplomas will no longer be accepted after 31 March 2016. Candidates wishing to enter for a jazz diploma should ensure that their programme is submitted for approval allowing sufficient time for entry before 31 March 2016.
  • Please note that the Pro-Music Diplomas are being withdrawn, and will no longer be available after 31 December 2017. Candidates should refer to their local centre representative for entry dates to ensure that they complete the qualification before its withdrawal at the end of 2017.

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Teaching Diplomas

These qualifications examine instrumental and vocal teaching to individuals and groups. They cover both theory and practice, and include observation of your teaching. The highest-level FTCL Diploma is based around your original research into music education and is assessed by fellow music professionals.

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Theory and Composition Diplomas

These exams focus on analytical concepts and procedures, and require an extensive knowledge of music history in the Western classical tradition.

Please note that requirements for theory and composition diplomas will change from January 2017. The new syllabus, as well as sample papers, will be available in June.

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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 the Information and Regulations for more information.


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