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.
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 or pre-recorded accompaniment at the time of their recording. For full details, please download the Special Arrangements document.
We understand that current restrictions mean that it may not be possible to perform with either a live or pre-recorded accompaniment. For all Classical & Jazz exams other than Drum Kit, performances submitted with a Covid-19 declaration will be assessed in our usual way, with the focus on the candidate’s performance, and no impact on the outcome due to any lack of accompaniment.
Where Covid-19 measures are not in place, please consult the relevant graded or diploma syllabus for requirements relating to accompaniments and use of backing tracks. Recorded accompaniments are acceptable at Initial-Grade 3 for all instruments, and up to Grade 8 for drum kit, acoustic guitar and jazz woodwind, as well as duets for selected instruments.
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.
Drum Kits – guidance for candidates who will not be able to access an acoustic kit for their recording
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.