Trinity College music exams


The Digital Rock & Pop Grades are available for all Rock & Pop instruments. They enable candidates to record their songs at a place and time of their choice and then submit the video recording via THE online platform to be assessed by expert examiners. The exams have the same academic rigour as THEIR 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.

Exam entry requirements

Before you get started please make sure you read through all of the exam requirements below.

Failure to follow these requirements may result in a non refundable rejected exam entry or a failed exam result.

Please make sure that you have a suitable setting to record your exam, adequate lighting and a quiet area. 

The majority of exam pieces need to be performed along to a backing track. Please ensure you are using the correct backing track when doing this. For example for the rock guitar exams the relevant backing track marked backing track must be used which doesn’t have a guitar in the recording. If you are unsure which backing track to use please get in touch and I will be able to advise you. 

When recording your exam you must record the exam in one uninterrupted take. For example if you are performing TWO pieces and one TECHNICAL FOCUS PIECE for your exam then YOU WILL NEED TO PERFORM ALL THREE PIECES IN ONE CONTINUOUS, UNEDITED RECORDING. 

Please make sure that the device you use to record the video files on is to a good standard and saves the video files in MP4 wav or aiff files. The quality of the recording should not be any less than 720p and does not need to be 1080p. When recording please make sure your device/camera is on a stand or rested upon something stable and should not be held in your hand as this can cause shaking or movements resulting in not being able to see all that’s required. 

Please make sure you introduce yourself at the very beginning of the recording and to also introduce each piece/part of the exam before you perform it. 

When entering the exam please submit all personal details and ensure you select the correct entry fee.

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