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Music Diplomas

Trinity’s range of Diplomas has been updated and some of our higher level qualifications have been withdrawn. For more details please read our news release.

Trinity’s suite of music diplomas offers candidates a comprehensive range of professional qualifications in performance, teaching and theory. The diplomas are designed to appeal both to those aspiring to various branches of the profession, and those already involved in it who may be seeking to gain recognition for new or existing skills. 


Performance Diplomas

Trinity’s performance diplomas provide a pathway to professional musicianship, focusing exclusively on the planning and performance of a recital. They are offered at three levels: ATCL, LTCL and FTCL.

The new 2019 Performance Diplomas syllabus is now available, featuring refreshed and extended repertoire lists, updated assessment criteria, revised written programme requirements, increased mark weighting for performance and new digital support resources.

The 2009-2018 syllabus is extended until 31 July 2019. The new syllabus will be used from 1 August 2019 onwards.

Please note that there will be no overlap between syllabuses, and all exams from 1 August 2019 onwards will follow the 2019 syllabus.


Teaching Diplomas

These qualifications cover instrumental and vocal teaching to individuals, small groups and in the classroom. Available at ATCL and LTCL levels, they cover both theory and practice, including teaching observation.


Theory Diplomas

Offered at two levels (AMusTCL and LMusTCL), these qualifications focus on theoretical and analytical concepts and procedures, requiring an extensive knowledge of music history in the Western classical tradition.


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.



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