Brass Syllabus (2019-2024)

Our flexible graded exams put performance first, encouraging brass players to perform to their strengths. Our Brass syllabus is valid from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2024, and features:

  • Initial exams are now available for selected instruments, giving beginner players a goal to work towards and preparation for Grade 1 onwards
  • Duets may now be chosen from Initial to Grade 3 for selected instruments, to help develop ensemble playing skills
  • Refreshed repertoire lists reflect a wide range of genres and styles, through which musicians can develop authentic performance skills in a range of contexts including orchestral, session, jazz and brass band
  • New trumpet, cornet & flugelhorn exam repertoire books are available for Initial to Grade 8, with downloadable recordings of the pieces played by eminent trumpet player Andrew Crowley, and also with piano playalongs
  • A refreshed syllabus format makes the requirements for each grade easy to understand for teachers and learners

Our performance-grounded technical work and supporting tests are specifically designed to develop the brass skills that are specific to your instrument. A combination of unique lip flexibility and performance-led exercises, along with orchestral and brass band extracts, develop essential and authentic brass skills and techniques progressively through the grades.

Discover pieces across a variety of styles and genres, from orchestral to jazz to brass band, all of which showcase the wide range of styles available to brass players. Our repertoire has been refreshed at all levels, with a number of specially commissioned pieces and the addition of duets for selected instruments at lower grades.

The syllabus and supporting books have been created with prominent brass players. Access videos and handouts produced in collaboration with leading musicians, and join us online and on social media for the full music experience and to find out when new resources are available.

Download the Brass Syllabus (2019-2024) for full information about our graded brass exams.

Supporting publications

We offer a range of brass books to support teachers and learners in preparing for a brass exam. To see our range of brass publications visit:

Download the Brass Syllabus (2019-2024)

Keep in touch

Make sure you don’t miss the latest news from Trinity College London. Sign up for email updates about your subject area.

Back to top