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

Explore diverse repertoire
Our strings specialists have updated and expanded the repertoire across all instruments in the syllabus, which now features more female composers and contemporary works. Pieces have been selected to develop expressive playing and technique, and include a diverse range of styles and genres.

Benefit from industry expertise
Use the syllabus, supporting books and online resources, developed with prominent string players, to explore how our exams work and see where they can take you.

The Strings Syllabus 2020-2023

Strings Syllabus 2020-2023 now available - valid from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023

  • Refreshed repertoire lists featuring a wide range of styles and showcasing more female composers and contemporary works.
  • Supporting a range of teaching approaches is at the heart of the syllabus, with pieces suitable for group and whole-class strings programmes. Duets are now an option for Initial to Grade 3 for all bowed strings.
  • Violin repertoire books are available for Initial to Grade 8.
  • Intuitive and bespoke technical work is a hallmark of Trinity exams. With a variety of options available, each individual learner can play to their strengths and build confidence in their technique. Orchestral extracts are now available for Harp for Grades 6-8.
  • A range of books is available including Take Your Bow for mixed-strings group teaching, with selected pieces featured in the syllabus, Raise the Bar Violin, three volumes of favourite pieces from previous syllabuses, and Performance Edition: Violin, four books showcasing previously unpublished pieces by contemporary composers.

Download 2020-2023 syllabus

Music Resources

Support and inspiration from leading teachers and string players - with advice on exam structure, repertoire and techniques - is available at our Music Resources site. Here you will also find a free taster of our violin pieces and exercises.

Visit our Music Resources site Download your free sample booklet


Register your interest

Stay up to date with news about the new Strings syllabus, publications, resources and professional development programmes, as well as giveaways and offers.

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Enter for a Strings 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 Strings publications

The following books supporting the syllabus are now available:


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The Strings Syllabus 2016-2019 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 2016-2019 or 2020-2023 syllabus, but not a mixture of both. There are no changes to the supporting tests.


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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