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The best person to speak to about grades and exams is your teacher!
The grades provide a measure of your musical progress, progressing from pre-Grade 1 through to Grade 8 and beyond to Diplomas.
Applications for a Grade exam are usually made by your teacher or school.
The main examination boards are:
The Trinity website provides details of the exams.
Trinity exams cover:
The syllabuses and associated "Information and Regulations" can be downloaded in pdf form from the Trinity website, or a paper copy can be requested direct from their Contacts page (by telephoning or emailing).
The Trinity exam structure is designed to
intuitive for the pupils. Separate marks are awarded for each piece
Up to grade 5, pupils are given a choice of two of AURAL - SIGHTREADING - IMPROVISATION - MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE. From grade 6, SIGHTREADING is compulsory, and a choice is given between AURAL and IMPROVISATION.
The FAQs page provides more information about the new grades.
Unlike the ABRSM, grade 5 theory is not required for the higher grades.
Details of the special publications (for scales, exercises, studies, etc.) can be found on the Trinity website, from where the books can also be ordered. The publications are also available from local music shops.
The entry procedure pages provide information about entering for a grade. Usually, your music teacher will enter you for the grade and provide further information.
The most local Trinity exam centre is:
Exams are normally run during the course of one or two weeks. Information for other exam centres can be found in the "UK & Ireland list of Muisc centres, reps and exam dates" pdf document on the entry procedure pages. As well as Leatherhead, other nearby Trinity centres include Ewell, Guildford and Frimley (near Woking).
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)
The syllabuses can be downloaded in pdf format, a paper copy can be requested direct from their Contact page (by telephoning or emailing), or a copy can usually be obtained from your local music shop.
Local ABRSM exam centres include:
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