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Build authentic skills
Develop the brass skills that are specific to your instrument and authentic to the performer you want to be

Explore diverse repertoire
Discover pieces across a variety of styles and genres, from orchestral to jazz to brass band, and explore the directions you could take with your music-making

Benefit from industry expertise
Use a syllabus and supporting books created in consultation with prominent brass players, and access videos and handouts produced in collaboration with leading musicians

The Brass Syllabus 2019-2022

New 2019-2022 syllabus now available - valid from 1 January 2019 to 31 December 2022.

  • 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

Download 2019-2022 syllabus

Access digital support resources made in collaboration with leading brass teachers and performing musicians, with support and advice on exam structure, repertoire and brass styles and techniques, and get a free taster of pieces and exercises, at our Music Resources site.


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Enter for a Brass exam

There are two ways to book an exam:

  1. Download an entry form here and send it with the full fee to your local representative, or

  2. Book online using Trinity's new music booking service - this is currently available at selected UK centres only. The service permits booking and payment online, and the ability to choose a date at the point of booking.

Please note: 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.

Supporting Brass publications

The following books supporting the syllabus are now available:

Exam repertoire books (Initial-Grade 8)

  • Available for Brass for the first time – for trumpet, cornet & flugelhorn
  • Feature pieces from a wide range of styles and genres
  • Accompanied by downloadable recordings of the pieces played by eminent trumpet player Andrew Crowley, as well as piano playalongs

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The Brass Syllabus 2015-2018 and overlap arrangements

There will be a one-year overlap between syllabuses during which time candidates may offer pieces and technical work requirements from either the 2015-2018 or 2019-2022 syllabus, but not a mixture of both. There is no overlap for supporting tests, and the previous aural tests and improvisation tests can therefore no longer be used.

For more information please see Brass syllabus (2015-2018) - overlap information.

Further information

Full details of entry procedures and exam regulations can be found in our Information & Regulations booklet.


Trinity Talent Class of 2019

For more information see www.voicemag.uk/trinity-talent

Trinity Talent 2019 


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