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The digital graded exams enable candidates to record their pieces/songs and technical work at a place and time of their choice and then submit the video recording via our online platform to be assessed by our expert examiners. The exams have the same academic rigour as our face-to-face exams, and candidates gain full recognition for their achievements, with the same certificate and UCAS points awarded as for the face-to-face exams.

Designed for digital

Responsive to a changing world, these exams have been designed to support teaching, learning and assessment through a digital medium.

Your performance, your choice

Sitting alongside our face-to-face graded exams, digital exams provide even more choice and flexibility in how a regulated graded qualification can be achieved.

Digital support content

Comprehensive online resources provide support to candidates and teachers throughout their digital exam journey.

New Performance Criteria

This blog post from Francesca Christmas, Associate Director of Music at Trinity College London, describes the way in which the new ‘overall performance’ mark is assessed in Trinity’s new Digital Music Graded Exams.

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Exam requirements

To understand how the digital exams compare to face-to-face exams, and to help candidates identify what they need to record on their video, please see the table below. Please see the syllabuses for full information.

Classical and Jazz Graded Exams

Face-to-face Graded Exam –
Classical and Jazz

Digital Graded Exam –
Classical and Jazz

Three pieces (four for Singing Grades 6-8) from the repertoire lists in the relevant Classical and Jazz syllabus.

Three pieces (four for Singing Grades 6-8) from the repertoire lists in the Classical and Jazz syllabus.

All of the technical work as described in the syllabus – the examiner will ask for a selection in the exam.

The same technical work options as in a face-to-face exam, but with reduced requirements to reflect the selection of technical work that candidates would be asked to perform in a face-to-face exam. In the case of scales & arpeggios, candidates will choose from two defined groups of technical work requirements. Details of these will be published on the website shortly.

Two supporting tests, chosen from Sight reading, Improvisation, Musical Knowledge, Aural Tests (depending on grade).

Candidates will be assessed on how well the musical skills and knowledge that underpin the supporting tests are demonstrated within the context of their entire performance (i.e. the pieces and technical work). Full explanation and criteria for this will be available in the syllabus, to be released shortly.

Rock & Pop Graded Exams

Face-to-face Graded Exam – Rock & Pop

Digital Graded Exam – Rock & Pop

Song 1 – selection from the Rock & Pop book for the grade.

Song 1 – selection from the Rock & Pop book for the grade.

Song 2 – selection from the Rock & Pop book for the grade; own-choice song; own composition

Song 2 – selection from the Rock & Pop book for the grade; own-choice song; own composition.

Song 3 – Technical Focus song from the Rock & Pop book for the grade.

Song 3 – Technical Focus song from the Rock & Pop book for the grade.

Sessions skills – choice of either Improvising or Playback.

Candidates will be assessed on how well the musical skills and knowledge that underpin the session skills tests are demonstrated within the context of their entire performance (i.e. all three songs). Full explanation and criteria for this will be available in the syllabus, to be released shortly.

Music Performance Diplomas

Music Performance Diploma (ATCL; LTCL) - Face-to-face

Music Performance Diploma (ATCL; LTCL) - Digital

Recital according to parameters defined in the syllabus.

Recital according to parameters defined in the syllabus.

Written programme

Written programme

 

Syllabus documents

Technical Work Details – COMING SOON

Submission Information Form – COMING SOON

Covid-19 Special Arrangements for Music Exams

Follow the link below for details of special arrangements in the case of national or local lockdown. This applies to Digital Graded Exams: Classical & Jazz and Digital Diploma Exams: Music Performance Diplomas.

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