Strings exams at a glance

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 a duet (Initial to Grade 3), performing an own composition, violinists choosing a piece from the Scottish traditional fiddle list, and viloin and viola candidates performing one piece on the other instrument at Grades 6–8.

Technical work
This section of the exam supports the development of technical skills by assessing candidates’ performance in a range of technical work options. All candidates (except at Initial) begin with a bowing exercise, introducing a range of bowing styles progressively through the grades. At Grades 1–5 they then choose either scales, arpeggios and technical exercises or studies — specially composed short pieces designed to develop and demonstrate three key areas of strings technique. At Grades 6–8, candidates can select scales, arpeggios & technical exercises or orchestral extracts.

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. Find out more about our supporting tests.

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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