TRINITY Graded Music Exams
Play & Perform
TRINITY exams are graded 1 - 8 in increasing order of difficulty. The Initial exam precedes Grade 1 as a preparatory exam providing an introduction into the exam system.
Candidates choose their pieces and supporting technical exercises from a repertoire list provided by TRINITY allowing them to play to their musical strengths and what they most enjoy.
The exams are geared towards performance and candidates play their chosen pieces and supporting technical exercises to an external examiner.
- Three (sometimes four for the higher grades) pieces which they have prepared.
- Technical work (featuring scales, arpeggios, exercises or orchestral excerpts).
- Two supporting tests (more information found below).
- Only available up until Grade 5
- The examiner will ask the candidate five questions in the exam which tests understanding of the pieces played/sung, their knowledge of the notation and their instrument.
This test supports the development of candidates’ abilities in the field of musical perception by assessing their responses to carefully graded questions.
- Optional up to Grade 5 but compulsory from Grade 6 and above.
- Students are given music which they have never seen before and must perform it.
- Candidates create music on the spot in response to a stylistic, motivic or harmonic stimulus.