I am proud to announce that our studio is now a recognized examination center for the Trinity College of London. Trinity offers graded exams for a wide range of instruments and singing, from Initial  to Grade 8. Our exams offer the choice and flexibility to allow candidates to play to  their strengths, enabling them to gain recognition for their own unique skills as  performers.

Successful completion in these exams can be used as High School and College credits and most of our students who stay in the program gain their Associates Degree before graduating High School. 

To find out more about the Trinity Exams, please visit Trinity College


Trinity's music exams:

  • Recognize that a flexible approach is best, prioritizing candidates’ individual needs
  • Offer freedom of choice within assessments, enabling candidates to demonstrate their musicianship in the way that suits them best
  • Assess real-life skills that translate naturally from real music-making to the assessment
  • Assess skills that are specific to each discipline – the opposite of a one-size-fits-all assessment
  • Allow candidates to express their whole musical personalities through options to demonstrate creativity in different ways
  • Use diagnostic mark schemes where appropriate, offering precise and specific feedback to inform continued learning 

Exam structure

Performance is at the heart of Trinity’s graded music assessments as we believe that musicianship is most effectively demonstrated through practical performance.

  • Assessments are strongly performance based
  • Grade exams assess practical performance across repertoire, technical work and supporting tests
  • No theory prerequisites are required for any of Trinity’s performance-based assessments

Trinity College London practical graded exams are numbered from 1 to 8 in increasing order of difficulty. In many subjects, an Initial exam acts as an introduction to the exam system.

Candidates perform three (or sometimes four) pieces, and technical work featuring scales and arpeggios, exercises or orchestral extracts. They also choose two supporting tests from a selection including sight reading, aural, musical knowledge and improvising. 

U.S. Equivalency

Trinity examination levelUS academic equivalent for music and drama & speech
Graded examinations
InitialNo generally accepted equivalent to the assessment provided by Trinity’s examinations at these levels exists in the U.S. educational system
Grade 1
Grade 2
Grade 3 / First recital / Foundation certificate
Grade 4Reflects proficiency equivalent to that obtained by completion of a secondary school gifted and talented class or program. Equivalent to 1 High School credit in a gifted course in the subject matter.
Grade 5
Grade 6 / Intermediate recital / CertificateEquivalent up to 6 to 10 Undergraduate college credits in the examined subject.   Completing Grade 8 represents achievement equivalent to substantial progress towards an undergraduate diploma or degree.  Completing Grade 8 in music theory is equivalent to completing undergraduate music theory requirements at most schools.
Grade 7
Grade 8 / Advanced recital
Advanced certificate
Trinity examination levelUS academic equivalent for music and drama & speech 
Professional diplomas
Associate of Trinity College London (1st level diploma)
(ATCL)
Equivalent to an American Associate degree. 
Licentiate of Trinity College London (2nd level diploma)
(LTCL)
An ATCL plus the Licentiate is equivalent to a Bachelor degree.  A Bachelor degree plus the LTCL is equivalent to the Graduate Performance Diploma or 3 years of graduate studies from an American conservatory or university in the examined subject.
Fellow of Trinity College London (3rd level diploma)
(FTCL)
The FTCL is equivalent to a Master's degree or an Artist Diploma in Performance from an American conservatory or university in the examined subject.