In their own words…
Trinity College London is a leading international exam board and independent education charity that has been providing assessments around the world since 1877. We specialise in the assessment of communicative and performance skills covering music, drama, combined arts and English language.
Our aim is to inspire teachers and learners through the creation of assessments that are enjoyable to prepare for, rewarding to teach and that develop the skills needed in real life.
What We Offer
Trinity has a wide range of musical assessments and supporting resources:
• Graded Piano Exams: Initial to Grade 8
• Piano Diplomas: ATCL, LTCL and FTCL diplomas.
• New graded exam books are available in two editions:
Piano Exam Pieces Plus Exercises 2021–2023 | Extended Edition
Piano Exam Pieces Plus Exercises 2021–2023.
Both are available as an e-book or printed publication.
• ‘Raise the Bar’ series; A collection of the most popular pieces from past Trinity exam syllabuses accompanied by teaching notes.
• We have a range of further support including Technical Work videos, and the option for any teacher, Music Education Hub or Service, School or collective to arrange their own, free, CPD session on our Piano syllabus, or any aspect of Trinity’s offer.
• Our Access Fund provides funding to support musical learning and progression to learners where access may be a barrier.
• We run regular networking events and coffee mornings, exploring broad music and arts education topics, and providing the opportunity to connect informally with the Trinity team and other music educators.
• Our Rock & Pop exams provide a keyboard syllabus, for students wishing to explore a new genre or style.
Our Recent News
We launched our first permanent digital exam offer in November 2020, our Digital Grades & Diplomas. Responsive to a changing world, these exams have been designed to support teaching, learning and assessment through a digital medium. Digital Grades and Diplomas sit alongside our face-to-face exams, providing even more choice and flexibility in how a regulated graded qualification can be achieved.
Digital Music Grades are available for all our Classical and Jazz syllabuses. They enable candidates to record their pieces and technical work at a place and time of their choice and then submit the video recording via our online platform to be assessed by our expert examiners. The exams have the same academic rigour as our face-to-face exams, and candidates gain full recognition for their achievements, with the same certificate and UCAS points awarded as for the face-to-face exams.
We asked experienced piano teachers for their top tips on helping students to achieve as much as possible from their lessons. The result is The Teacher’s Guide to Piano, a handy resource for piano teachers who are preparing candidates for exams, or simply looking for ways to improve their teaching practice. This guide features detailed advice on:
• Overcoming challenges
• Making warm-ups effective
• Choosing repertoire for new students
• Preparing for technical exercises
• Preparing candidates for exams
The Piano Syllabus
The Trinity College London Piano Syllabus can downloaded here.
“When it comes to syllabus design that supports educational and musical excellence, it now seems to me that TCL have delivered a winning choice here, a syllabus that pretty much ticks every box.”
Read the Full Review here.
Trinity College London’s Rock & Pop Keyboard syllabus has also been reviewed on Pianodao:
“Here is a resource that combines inspiration with true innovation; the educational thinking that holds it all together shows not just commitment to the cause, but immense care, ensuring that this is a syllabus that will command broad appeal while offering a solid framework for successful learning.”
Read the Full Review Here
User Feedback: 20 reviews
Average Rating: 4.4 stars
5 Stars: 8 readers
4 Stars: 12 readers
3 Stars: none
2 Stars: none
1 Star: none
• The following selection of comments provide a balanced selection from those received.
• If you have used this board in the last 18 months and wish to leave your own comment, please do so at the bottom of the page. Thank you!
“Very broad repertoire to choose from, with something for everyone. Particularly good for contemporary music, which includes jazzy numbers; and female composers make a welcome appearance, alongside some very young new talent. My piano students have had no problem choosing their pieces from the range.
As a teacher, I very much like the technical work section, with scales etc complemented by three exercises to demonstrate particular technical skills. These are a really good basis for focussing on detail in short but attractive little pieces.”
V Dunne, NW England (5 stars)
“I’ve used Trinity for as long as I remember, I’ve even sat all the grades myself both theory and practical (piano). I like the syllabus they use and the fact you don’t have to play pages of scales at each grade, instead they have a nice selection and also 3 exercises to choose from.
There is so much choice and the pieces are varied. The theory books are well presented too.”
Karen Daniels, Stoke on Trent (5 stars)
“The new trinity digital exam has served my students well by including technical work alongside repertoire. I have noticed the difference this has made compared to using other exam boards where just pieces are required.
The comments in terms of encouragement and kindness could be improved but this is also applicable to the other exam boards. This is the area ALL exam boards need to address to ensure we keep our young people actively engaged in music.
As a whole I think Trinity have done well with their new digital exams. They are a great addition to my music curriculum for the students I teach.”
Karen Marshall, York (4 stars)
“I like the syllabus – the choice of pieces, the scales which are not too many but need to be prepared in different ways. The choice of supporting tests in the lower grades, I particularly like the musical knowledge option. I prefer the aural to other boards I have used, I find it more relevant to pianists and it doesn’t involve singing, which can be problematic for some students.
We have a private centre and are able to arrange visits to suit us. All the examiners have been friendly and helpful. I have also had a lot of pupils entering online. I do find the marking of online exams to be higher than the face to face exams, which causes me some concern. The online ones seem to nearly always get distinction, with the occasional merit but the face to face exams seem to be marked more harshly. I don’t think they should get equal accreditation for online when they are really easier than face to face.
I think the website could do with some improvement, it’s often difficult to find information. They are sometimes very slow to respond to queries, this can sometimes get a bit frustrating but I think things are starting to improve.”
Beverley Preece, Bedfordshire (4 stars)