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Flexible graded exams encouraging pianists to play to their strengths


The music you want to play 
Learners progress in their own musical style by choosing from lists of pieces carefully selected by our piano experts, including specially commissioned pieces by contemporary composers.

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.


The Piano 2018-2020 syllabus

The new Piano syllabus is valid from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020.

  • New performance pieces at all levels, encompassing a wide range of musical styles
  • New technical work exercises at all levels, covering key areas of technique
  • Duets may now be selected from Initial to Grade 3
  • Pieces are only divided into groups at Grades 6-8; in the other grades, pieces can be chosen freely from the list
  • Revised own composition, aural and improvisation requirements 

Download 2018-2020 syllabus

Get a taster of some of the pieces and exercises from the 2018-2020 syllabus by downloading a free sample booklet. Including specially commissioned pieces by contemporary composers, the booklet gives you free pieces and exercises across a range of grades and musical styles.

Download your free sample booklet



Register your interest

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

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Enter for a Piano 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.

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 Piano publications

The following are available at your local music retailer or via our online shop:


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Syllabus support

Digital resources are available to support learning, including advice and content on:

  • Pieces, performance and technique
  • Supporting tests
  • Technical work

You can access:

  • Bite-sized videos to support the syllabus
  • Practice resources for learners
  • Tips for teachers

Visit our Music Resources site


Further information

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



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