We are aware that many of our candidates across the world are living through challenging circumstances caused by Covid-19. Trinity is committed to ensuring that all candidates have the opportunity to continue with their learning and progression, so we have created the ‘Covid-19 Special Arrangements’ policy for the Digital Grades and Diplomas.
There is no formal end date to the COVID special arrangements at this time and we will provide advance notice of this being withdrawn.
Up until 31 January 2023, candidates may use recorded accompaniments in place of a live accompanist for all digital exams at all grades, and digital Music Performing Diplomas at ATCL and LTCL. Drum Kit (all Group A pieces), Acoustic Guitar pieces (where tracks are required) and all Rock & Pop grades must always be accompanied by the Trinity backing tracks.
Please refer to this page for information on recorded accompaniments published by Trinity.
Performing without accompaniment
Candidates may only perform without accompaniment if COVID-19 Special Arrangements for music exams are in place.
While social distancing measures and other local restrictions are in place it may be difficult for candidates to perform with their accompanist or duet partner, for a variety of reasons including:
A range of alternative arrangements is in place for candidates who cannot access live accompaniment at the time of their recording. For full details, please download the Special Arrangements document. For information about special arrangements for accompaniments in classical & jazz exams, please see here.
Alternative arrangements are also in place for candidates who do not have access to an acoustic instrument, for one of the following reasons:
For full details, please download the Special Arrangements document.
We are aware that extensive lockdown measures may mean that candidates will not have access to their preferred drum kit when recording their Rock & Pop or Classical & Jazz submission. Guidance is provided below which we hope will help candidates and teachers make the best use of an electronic drum kit in these circumstances, allowing them to submit an entry which showcases their work effectively and enables our examiners to assess their submission.
For further information about using Electronic Drumkit in your exam, please read the following documents.
We always recommend using a microphone (where required) where possible, but in the event that a candidate cannot source a microphone due to restrictions caused by COVID-19, we will accept performances without microphones at all grades. Please ensure that you can be heard clearly above the backing track when you record your songs.