Digital Classical & Jazz Grades

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The Digital Music Grades are available for all our Classical and Jazz syllabuses. They enable candidates to record their pieces 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 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.

In the video, our senior examiners take you through their expectations, and suggest some ideas for a successful approach.

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 Exams  

Digital Graded Exams  

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 relevant 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. Please download  details of the technical requirements

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 (ie. the pieces and technical work). Please see the  syllabus  and the  Overall Performance Criteria  page for further information.


Syllabus documents

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To understand the exam requirements, you will also need:

What you need to do next:

  1. Select your pieces from the relevant syllabus
  2. Select your technical work group
  3. Download and complete your submission and information form in MS Word or PDF format (not required for exam entries made after 16 November, this will be completed in the platform itself)
  4. Take photos or scan your pieces
  5. Watch the Filming Guide video and check the Filming Guidance document for video requirements. Piano candidates should also read Piano Requirements document

And also check:


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