Classical Guitar

From autumn 2019 there are two exciting new updates to Guitar, offering today's guitarists a broader range of styles and techniques to choose from. In addition to the Classical Guitar syllabus, we have launched a brand new Acoustic Guitar syllabus, which reinvents the successful plectrum exams.

  • Classical Guitar 2020-2023 – now available
  • Acoustic Guitar 2020-2023 – now available
Find out more about Acoustic Guitar

The Classical Guitar Syllabus 2020-2023

Styles and duets
Encompassing a range of inspiring repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, the syllabus includes pieces published for the first time and more music by female composers. The duets option is now available up to Grade 5.

Greater flexibility to personalise the exam experience by offering open choice repertoire lists up to and including Grade 5 and even greater choice through expanded alternative piece lists, including options from Trinity’s own Raise The Bar and Performance Edition series of publications.

Technical work includes specially composed exercises for each grade, covering the technique required specifically by guitarists, ensuring that all learners put scales and arpeggios into the performance context.

Benefit from industry expertise
The syllabus and supporting books have been created in consultation with leading classical guitar specialists. You can access videos and articles produced to support teaching and learning on our resources pages, including demo videos of pieces, technical work, advice and support from professionals.

We offer classical guitar exams from Initial to Grade 8. The Initial exam acts as an introduction to the exam system for new performers.

Further information

Full details (including our procedures, syllabus requirements, what to expect, and what to bring with you) can be found in our Information & Regulations.

Information & Regulations

The Guitar Syllabus 2016-2019 and overlap information

In response to the situation created by COVID-19, Trinity has extended the usual one year overlap between syllabuses during which time candidates may offer pieces and technical work from either the 2016-2019 or 2020-2023 syllabus, but not a mixture of both. This has now been extended to 31 July 2021.

Guitar Syllabus 2016-2019 overlap information




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