Trinity Rock & Pop Syllabus Comes Alive at The Edinburgh Festival Fringe

6 Jul 2012
Trinity College London launched its new Rock & Pop syllabus in January and is now bringing it to life at the Fringe.

Trinity is hosting a series of free concerts at Blackwell’s Bookshop. With five aspiring local musicians performing at each concert, they aim to give you a taste of the Rock & Pop syllabus and bring to life the ethos of performance being at the core of learning. The musicians themselves will personally benefit immensely as they experience the thrill and excitement of performing live.

This is a rare opportunity to see talented, young local rock and pop musicians performing at the Fringe so come along to Blackwell’s Bookshop from 9– 11 August at 2:30pm. The performances last one hour and are free. Visit for more information.

Performance is very much at the core of Trinity’s Rock & Pop syllabus, which reflects the way many rock and pop musicians learn their craft today. The Trinity approach to learning is unique as students can make the exam their own. Those musicians with song-writing ambitions can opt to perform one of their original songs in their exam. Singers have the option to perform self accompanied and instrumentalists may also sing the vocal lines, where appropriate.

The Trinity Rock & Pop exams are available from Initial to Grade 8 for guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals. Students perform a set of three songs in their exam and complete one Session Skills assessment – either Improvising or Playback. Songs have been specially selected to demonstrate specific musical skills and each exam is supported by a song book, including a CD with demo and backing tracks, performance notes and guidance on technical skills and Session Skills. The Rock & Pop syllabus includes a wide range of music from the classics, such as David Bowie’s Heroes, to recent releases including Jessie J’s Price Tag.

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