About our Graded exams


Performance is at the heart of Trinity’s graded music assessments as we believe that musicianship is most effectively demonstrated through practical performance. Our exams are numbered from Initial (in many subjects) to Grade 8. The Initial exam acts as an introduction to the exam system for new performers.

Putting performance first

Trinity College London graded exams:

Recognise that a flexible approach is best, prioritising candidates’ individual needs

Offer freedom of choice within assessments, enabling candidates to demonstrate their musicianship in the way that suits them best

Assess real-life skills that translate naturally from real music-making to the assessment

Assess skills that are specific to each discipline

Allow candidates to express their whole musical personalities through options to demonstrate creativity in different ways

Provide precise and specific feedback to inform continued learning.


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