Piano exams at a glance

Pieces (66 marks)

Technical work (14 marks)

Supporting tests (20 marks)

Candidates can demonstrate their individual musical identity by choosing three pieces from our repertoire lists, which offer a great variety in styles and genres. These options include playing a duet (Initial to Grade 3) and an own composition (all grades). Pieces are chosen from a single list up to Grade 5, providing maximum flexibility of choice, and divided into two groups at Grades 6–8, with Group A pieces focussing on technical dexterity and Group B on interpretational techniques.

Technical work
This section of the exam supports the development of technical skills by assessing candidates’ performance in a range of technical work requirements. Scales and arpeggios help to develop technical focus, strength and agility, as well as harmonic and melodic skills. Our exercises have been designed to demonstrate key areas of techniques in performance.

Supporting tests
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.

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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.

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.

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