Woodwind exams at a glance

Pieces (66 marks)

Technical work (14 marks)

Supporting tests (20 marks)

Pieces
Candidates can express their musical identity by selecting accompanied and unaccompanied pieces from our varied repertoire lists, and can choose to include an own composition in their programme. The jazz reperoire lists include opportunities to develop improvisation skills. 

Technical work
This section of the exam supports the development of technical skills by assessing candidates’ performance in a range of technical work options. At lower grades candidates choose to perform either scales & arpeggios or exercises (short pieces designed to demonstrate key techniques: tone and phrasing, articulation and finger technique). At Grades 6-8 candidates choose to perform scales & arpeggios 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 1-2 weeks, enabling candidates to benefit from the detailed feedback whilst the exam experience is still recent. 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 music syllabus Infringements page. For any other questions, please see our music exam help pages.

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