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Music Grade Exams

Trinity’s graded Music exams offer the choice and flexibility to allow candidates to play to their strengths

The music you want to play

Learners progress in their own musical style by choosing from lists of pieces or songs carefully selected by experts.

The performer you want to be
Our performance-grounded technical work and supporting tests are specifically designed to develop learners’ skills through the music they play.

The recognition you deserve
Candidates are assessed through an externally regulated and internationally recognised exam system, with a 140-year heritage that you can trust. They can gain UCAS points for Grades 6-8.




Piano (2018-2020)

Singing (2018-2021)

Theory of Music

Woodwind & Jazz Woodwind

Guitar: Classical and Plectrum

Electronic Keyboard & Organ (2019-2022)

Strings (2020-2023)

Brass (2019-2022)


Enter for an exam

Our music exams can be taken in many countries all over the world. To enter for an exam, you can download an entry form and send it with the full fee to your local representative. Find out more and enter for an exam

Exam structure

Candidates perform three (or sometimes four) pieces, and technical work featuring scales and arpeggios, exercises or orchestral extracts. They also choose two supporting tests from a selection including sight reading, aural, musical knowledge and improvising. Find out more

Assessment criteria

Our diagnostic mark scheme is designed to offer detailed and specific feedback to help candidates with their ongoing learning. View our full Assessment Criteria


Trinity College London works closely with government agencies worldwide to secure appropriate official recognition of all suitable qualifications. Find out more

Browse and buy our range of music publications

We provide a wide range of publications to support preparation for our exams. These are available through our network of music retailers and our online shop.

Register your interest

To be kept up to date with news about our syllabuses, publications and professional development programmes, as well as competitions and offers, register your interest.


You should read the syllabus requirements carefully before your exam. If you do not meet all the relevant requirements, the examiner may refer your exam result to Trinity’s London office for review and marks may be deducted.

Please see Information and Regulations and Syllabus infringements for more information.


Looking for support with your music teaching and learning?

Visit Trinity’s Music Resources website

Access a range of digital resources, from videos and audio to handouts and booklets, providing support with teaching, music-making and exam preparation.

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