Pieces (66 marks)
Technical work (14 marks)
Supporting tests (20 marks)
Candidates can express their musical identity by choosing pieces from our varied repertoire lists, while flexible performance options allow them to perform to their strengths. These options include playing an own composition, and for electronic keyboard candidates, an own choice piece or an arrangement at Grades 6-8.
This section of the exam supports the development of technical skills by assessing candidates’ performance in a range of technical work options. Electronic keyboard candidates start with a keyboard exercise, designed to develop awareness of chords and chord progressions (or scale and arpeggio playing agility at Grades 6-8). They then choose either scales and chord knowledge, which includes modal and blues scales as well as common chord progressions or specially written keyboard exercises, which develop knowledge of keyboard functions such as voice changes, fills, sync start, as well as a sequencing option at Grades 6-8.
Trinity’s supporting tests encourage the development of the broader musical skills of sight reading, aural, improvisation and musical knowledge. The choice allows candidates to demonstrate their own musical skills in different ways. Find out more about our supporting tests.
Full details (including our procedures, syllabus requirements, what to expect, and what to bring with you) can be found in our Information & Regulations.
Exam report forms are released typically within 2 weeks for face-to-face exams, or after your submission is uploaded for digital grades. Certificates usually follow 4 weeks later. Occasionally, we may not be able to release the exam result straight away. Further details about this can be found on our release of results page. For any other questions, please see our music exam help pages.