Recorded accompaniments for Classical & Jazz and Rock & Pop music exams

Classical & Jazz Digital Grades

Candidates may use recorded accompaniments/backing tracks in place of a live accompanist or duet partner for all digital graded music exams at Initial – Grade 8. The Trinity recorded accompaniments set out below can be used for all digital grades exams.

  • Other pre-recorded accompaniments may also be used, but these should not deviate from the original, or provide extra help to the candidate.
  • Solo (unaccompanied) performances in place of live accompaniment/backing tracks are not permitted

Drum Kit Group A performances and Acoustic Guitar pieces (where tracks are required) must always be accompanied by the Trinity backing tracks.

Candidates may have help operating the equipment so that it does not disrupt their performance. Performing levels should be checked before the recording starts to ensure that there is correct balance and the candidate’s instrument can be heard properly.

Classical & Jazz Face-to-face Grades

Candidates may use recorded accompaniments/backing tracks as follows:

  • Drum Kit – at all grades, for Group A pieces (using the Trinity backing tracks)
  • Acoustic Guitar – at all grades, for all pieces where tracks are required (using the Trinity backing tracks)
  • Jazz Woodwind – at all grades
  • All other instruments – at Initial to Grade 3 only

Candidates will need to provide and operate the playback equipment unless other arrangements have been made with the exam centre. Equipment must produce good sound quality at an adequate volume – a phone or tablet speaker is not acceptable. Contact should be made with the centre well in advance to confirm the arrangements (power supply, equipment insurance, etc), which must be agreed with the Trinity local representative. All electrical devices must comply with health and safety requirements in the country where the exam is taking place.

Classical & Jazz Digital Diplomas

For digital music diplomas, we strongly advise candidates to perform with live accompaniment. However, we will accept recorded accompaniments in digital diploma exams.

Recorded parts should be on piano for digital diploma exams (except for Drum Kit). If recorded parts on other instruments are required for any other reason, eg harpsichord for baroque works, approval must be obtained in advance.

Classical & Jazz Face-to-face Diplomas

Recorded accompaniment is not permitted – the accompaniment must be performed live in the exam (except Drum Kit).

Rock & Pop Digital Grades

Rock & Pop performances must always be accompanied by the Trinity backing tracks, for all songs chosen from the Trinity songbooks or eStore. The only circumstances in which a non-Trinity backing track can be used is for Song 2, if performing an own-choice song or one composed by the candidate.

Rock & Pop Face-to-face Grades

The examiner will have all the backing tracks for songs in the Trinity songbooks, as well as official additional tracks published by Trinity for purchase from the eStore. Examiners will operate the backing tracks to provide a sound check using the opening bars of the first song.

The Trinity backing tracks must be used for any songs chosen from the Trinity songbooks or eStore. If Song 2 is an own-choice song, the backing track should be given to the examiner on a USB stick (in MP3 format) or CD (if appropriate).

Obtaining Trinity recorded accompaniments / backing tracks

SOUNDWISE

SoundWise allows files to be downloaded as MP3 from website or streamed using an iOS/Android app using a code printed on inside cover of the book. See our audio downloads page.

TRINITY AUDIO PLATFORM

This hosts audio downloads for the Piano Exam Pieces Plus Exercises from 2023 Extended Edition books. See our audio downloads page.

STREAMING PLATFORMS

Please note that Trinity no longer publishes its music on streaming platforms. However, older publications can be found on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music and YouTube Music. Search for ‘trinity’ followed by the name of the instrument, eg ‘trinity flute’. Streaming services may remove any of the tracks or albums from their service at any time without notice.

Using other pre-recorded accompaniments

These can be produced by the teacher, candidate or any other musician, or included with publications, or obtained from third-party websites (NB Drum Kit and Rock & Pop candidates must use the Trinity backing tracks).

It is important that the candidate’s performance can be heard clearly throughout, and so any recorded accompaniment should match the published piano accompaniment and not provide any additional assistance to the candidate part.

All Trinity publications can be purchased from shop.trinitycollege.com or from sheet music retailers. A growing number of publications can be purchased as an ebook through our digital music store at store.trinitycollege.com

Pieces/Songs

Book

  Alternative options available for accompaniment

Piano Exam Pieces from 2023 (for duets at Initial–Grade 3)

Performance with recording of the Secondo part (the candidate must always play the Primo part). The recording is available on the Trinity Audio Platform (access code included with Extended Edition books).

Performance of duets without accompaniment is not permitted

Piano Exam Pieces from 2021 (for duets at Initial–Grade 3)

Performance with recording of the Secondo part (the candidate must always play the Primo part). The recording is available on Soundwise (access code included with extended edition), or CD available to purchase.

Performance without accompaniment is not permitted.

Piano Dreams: Duet Books 1 and 2 (for duets at Initial–Grade 3)

Performance with own-sourced recording of the Secondo part (the candidate must always play the Primo part).

Performance without accompaniment is not permitted.

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Singing Exam Pieces from 2023 Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on Soundwise (access code included with the book/purchase).

Singing Exam Pieces 2018–2021 Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on CDs included with book

Tido app (subscription)

Sing Musical Theatre

Recorded accompaniment on CD included with book

Vocal exercises Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on CD included with book

Soundwise (included with ebook)

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Violin Exam Pieces 2020–2023 Initial – Grade 8

 

Recorded accompaniment, on streaming platforms, or CDs available to purchase

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Raise the Bar

 

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Take Your Bow

Trinity backing track, via Soundwise (code included with book)

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

All publications

Accompaniment on another instrument (eg guitar)

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Solo performance without accompaniment (permitted, irrespective of special arrangements)

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Take Your Bow

Trinity backing track, via Soundwise (code included with book)

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Take Your Bow

Trinity backing track, via Soundwise (code included with book)

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Take Your Bow

Trinity backing track, via Soundwise (code included with book)

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

All publications

No pieces require accompaniment

Book

Options for accompaniment

Acoustic Guitar Exam Pieces from 2020 Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on streaming platforms and Soundwise (included with book)

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Classical Guitar Exam Pieces from 2020 (for duets at Initial–Grade 5)

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications (duets)

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Flute Exam Pieces from 2023 Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on Soundwise (access code included with the book/purchase)

Flute Exam Pieces 2017–2020 Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on streaming platforms, or CDs available to purchase

Musical Moments Books 1­–5

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Clarinet Exam Pieces from 2023 Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on Soundwise (access code included with the book/purchase)

Clarinet Exam Pieces 2017–2020 Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on streaming platforms, or CDs available to purchase

Musical Moments Books 1–5

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Musical Moments Books 1–5 and non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Recorder Anthologies Books 1–3 and non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Trumpet/Cornet/Flugelhorn Exam Pieces from 2019 Initial – Grade 8

Recorded accompaniment on streaming platforms and Soundwise (code included with book)

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced recorded accompaniment

Book

Options for accompaniment

Drum Kit Exam Pieces from 2020
Initial – Grade 8

Backing tracks on streaming platforms and Soundwise (code included with book)

Solo performance without backing track not permitted

Raise the Bar

Backing tracks on streaming platforms and Soundwise (code included with book)

Solo performance without backing track not permitted

Introducing Drum Kit: Parts 1-3

Backing tracks on Soundwise (code included with book)

CD included with book (earlier editions of part 1)

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Introducing Percussion (for Initial and Grade 1)

Backing tracks on Soundwise (code included with book)

Tuned Percussion Pieces from 2007 Grades 1-5, Snare Drum Pieces from 2007 Grades 1-5, Timpani Pieces from 2007 Grades 1-5, non-Trinity publications

Own-sourced backing track

Book

Alternative options available for accompaniment

Electronic Keyboard Exam Pieces from 2019

No pieces require accompaniment. Demo recordings on streaming platforms and Soundwise (included with book)

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