Trinity College London: Excellence in Music Assessment

Trinity College London provides recognised and respected qualifications across a unique spectrum of communicative skills- from music, drama and arts activities to English language-at all levels. Trinity has been providing assessments around the world since 1877 and in the USA, Trinity College examinations have been taking place since the 1930s helping to support learners to develop their skills and achieve their goals.

Every year Trinity College London supports the music education of thousands of students across the world with assessments across a wide compass including popular, jazz, contemporary and classical music. As an international exam board with a rich heritage of academic rigour and a positive, supportive approach to assessment, we aim to take a lead role in reflecting and contributing to the evolution of music education.

Through the development of innovative syllabuses, teacher development programmes and qualifications, we promote inclusive approaches to music education that are authentic, personal and recognise the individual artistic voices of young people and adults alike.

At the heart of Trinity’s work is our relationship with teachers, both in terms of specific support for those preparing candidates for our exams, and more general teacher development. Through our Academic Leadership Team,we engage in a range of research activity, developed with partner Higher Education Institutions, that plays an important role in shaping strategy and direction.

Our music publishing company, TCL Press publishes music titles for students, teachers and musicians at all levels. These include:

  • Repertoire collections and exams pieces, carefully selected by our experts encompassing a wide range of musical styles, including specially commissioned pieces by contemporary composers
  • Performance-grounded technical work and supporting tests that are specifically designed to develop learners’ skills through the music they play
  • Books on musicianship, music theory exam papers and model answers.

Trinity exams and assessments are specifically designed to help students progress. They inspire learners and mark their achievement at each stage of their development and at all levels of competence. We encourage candidates to bring their own choices and interests into our exams — this motivates students and makes the assessment more relevant and enjoyable.

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