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Drum Kit and Percussion

Drum Kit and Percussion Syllabus 2020-2023 now available

Valid from 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2023

  • Style This syllabus gives drummers a range of authentic styles to master, including jazz, funk, show tunes, film, TV, Latin, reggae and swing. Percussion exams cover the full range of orchestral instruments with refreshed repertoire for tuned percussion, snare drum and timpani.
  • Pro-skills Developed with professional drummers and percussionists, our online support videos show you what an exam is like, demonstrate drum kit exercises on split-screen, explore professional techniques and look at where our exams can take you.
  • Technique Our syllabus develops instrument-specific technique, with bespoke rudiment exercises for drum kit and enhanced technical work for orchestral percussion.
  • Books and backing tracks Three drum kit repertoire books from Initial to Grade 8 are available, with professional backing tracks and demos to download or stream. The syllabus also gives the option to choose additional repertoire from Introducing Drum Kit or Raise the Bar Drum Kit at all grades. Percussion repertoire features a wide range of newly added pieces, including options from Introducing Percussion.

Download 2020-2023 syllabus now

Music Resources

Support and inspiration from leading drummers and teachers - with advice on styles, pro-skills and techniques - is available at our Music Resources site. 

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Register your interest

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

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Enter for a Drum Kit and Percussion 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 Drum Kit and Percussion publications

The following books supporting the syllabus are now available:


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The Percussion Syllabus 2017-2019 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.

Additional Drum Kit resources (2017-2019 syllabus)

Audio samples of the pieces in our Drum Kit Exam Pieces & Studies series are available to listen to:

Free downloadable guidance for Improvisation and Musical Knowledge can be found on our supporting tests page.


Further information

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


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