Trinity College London Music and Drama

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We are an international exam board, established in 1877, awarding over 850,000 qualifications a year in music, drama and English language.

Follow us for updates on our music and drama qualifications and activities across the UK and Ireland. Trinity College London is an international exam board, established in 1877, awarding qualifications that are recognised and respected worldwide, across disciplines including music and drama. Through our positive and supportive approach to both assessment and development, we are committed to increa

06/12/2023

Drama teachers, do you have budding film or TV stars among your students? We’ve recently released our new Acting for Screen qualification!

This new syllabus has been specifically devised to help equip your aspiring actors and actresses with a range of skills needed to support a future career on TV or film.

Learn more about what this syllabus involves and how you can get started, here: https://hubs.la/Q02bCD0B0


06/12/2023

🎹 Have you listened to our new Piano podcast series yet?

Each week we sit down with a composer or arranger who has contributed to making Trinity’s 2023 Piano Syllabus our broadest and most diverse repertoire offer ever.

Check out all the episodes available here: https://hubs.la/Q02bMZr60

Or over on our Spotify channel here: https://hubs.la/Q02bN5Q70

05/12/2023

Did you know that Trinity's graded Musical Theatre exams have been shaped by our detailed understanding of the performing arts industry, seen through the lens of our professional-level Diplomas (PPAD) which are used by musical theatre schools across the UK to ready students for stage and screen careers?

Find out more about Trinity's Musical Theatre graded exams and read inspirational stories from our alumni, including Wicked, Shrek the Musical, and Ghost the Musical star Nikki Bentley: https://hubs.la/Q02bMZrV0

Trinity’s commitment to sustainability 05/12/2023

🌍We all know that our work in education is vitally important to our students’ futures, but beyond this Trinity has also been hard at work behind the scenes to ensure we become more environmentally as an organisation.🌍

Find out what this involves and the steps we’re taking, here: https://hubs.la/Q02bMYVy0

Trinity’s commitment to sustainability Integrating sustainability into Trinity College London’s practices is a multifaceted approach for which Trinity delivers in various ways. 

Preparing candidates for Trinity Musical Theatre exams 04/12/2023

Preparing large groups for Trinity exams can feel daunting, but fear not - Theatre School singing and drama tutor, Anna Tringham, shares her practical, step-by-step advice on how she has prepared more than 100 students for Trinity Group exams!

Read her top tips here: https://hubs.la/Q02bCB650

Preparing candidates for Trinity Musical Theatre exams Guildford Theatre School provide an overview of how they prepare their students for Trinity Musical Theatre exams

01/12/2023

Attention all drama teachers! If you’re entering students for our Trinity Drama graded exams and diplomas, remember that our new syllabus is now live. All candidates should now be following the new syllabus as the 2020 specifications are no longer in use for exams.

Take a moment to recap the updates made to our Drama syllabus in September and how you can enter your students for their Trinity Drama exams here: https://hubs.la/Q02bBKtf0

01/12/2023

From not knowing what a pirouette was before his first Billy Elliot audition, to then dancing in numerous Matthew Bourne West End productions, Trinity alumnus Harrison Dowzell embodies exactly what it means to believe in yourself.

Read his full story to learn how Trinity’s Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre helped this inspirational dancer to pursue his dreams and set him up for career success on the West End stage: https://hubs.la/Q029WwRq0

30/11/2023

🎹 Want a taster of the incredible new repertoire on offer in our new Syllabus 2023?

Check out the incredible pianist and Trinity alumna Ava Klass, who flawlessly performed ‘Mandala’ for Grade 7 - specially composed by James Treweek for our new Piano syllabus - on stage at our syllabus launch event back in September.

You can still watch all the amazing live performances from the event, learn more about the new syllabus, gain insights into teaching the new repertoire and meet some of the composers, here: https://www.trinitycollege.com/news/viewarticle/trinitys-newly-launched-piano-syllabus-celebrated

29/11/2023

🎶 Music teachers, have you checked out our new Repertoire-only pathway, now available for & digital grades?

We’re so excited to be at the forefront of providing flexible and convenient exams that give students and teachers control over their exam experience.

Learn more about this new assessment option and what makes it different, here: https://hubs.la/Q029WnMj0

28/11/2023

It's Day 2 of Music Mark's annual conference in Southampton, and Trinity is here sponsoring and exhibiting today!

If you’re attending, make sure you pop by to see us exhibiting in the Richards & Greenidge breakout room.

For the full programme of events and to learn more, click here: https://hubs.la/Q02b8-dD0

28/11/2023

🎭 Drama teachers - want to discover proven techniques and resources to help you better advocate the running of group exams in your school?🎭

Don’t miss your chance to download our insights pack which provides the essential tools needed to speak to both parents and your school’s senior leadership team about the benefits of Trinity’s drama syllabus and how graded assessments can benefit students as well as the wider school.

Download your FREE insights pack here: https://hubs.la/Q029Wm5Z0

27/11/2023

Today’s the day - it’s the start of Music Mark's annual conference in Southampton, and Trinity is here sponsoring and exhibiting for today and tomorrow!

If you’re attending, make sure you pop by to see us exhibiting in the Richards & Greenidge breakout room, and don’t miss Sophie Gray - Head of Inclusion at Services for Education in Birmingham, a Trinity partner - join a panel tomorrow at 11am in the Ballroom speaking about dynamic approaches to inclusion.

For the full programme of events and to learn more, click here: https://hubs.la/Q029WfJ60

24/11/2023

Discover how Chloe Mcniven went from council estate to global star, dancing alongside the likes of Elton John, Kylie and Take That, thanks to the skills she acquired through the Trinity Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance.

Read her inspirational story in full here: https://hubs.la/Q029njRq0

23/11/2023

Are you looking for greater flexibility when it comes to your students’ music theory exams?

Our new digital Music Theory assessments, for Grades 1-8, enable candidates to take the test on-demand from the comfort of their home, or any quiet, convenient location, and gain a regulated qualification!

Explore our digital theory exam platform which has everything you need to help your students prepare, including digitised theory resources and a free digital practice area.

Learn more here: https://hubs.la/Q029PjbP0

22/11/2023

If you missed our Syllabus 2023 launch event, worry not - you can still watch Trinity Laban alumnus Christos Fountos’ fantastic performance of ‘They’re Getting Away’ (Grade 4) in full below. The piece was written by composer Michael Price, specifically for our new Piano syllabus.

Then watch our wrap-up video of all the performances and insights, and learn more about the new syllabus, here: https://www.trinitycollege.com/news/viewarticle/trinitys-newly-launched-piano-syllabus-celebrated

22/11/2023

Are you a Key Stage 3 teacher looking to boost the uptake of in your school?

Take a look at our FREE support resource full of practical tools and actionable strategies from experienced educators, which is aimed at helping you to boost student retention and advocate for drama in your school: https://hubs.la/Q029nqTS0

21/11/2023

Thanks so much for your support Derek Paravicini!

🎶You can find out more about our Awards and Certificates in Musical Development here: https://www.trinitycollege.com/qualifications/music/awards-and-certificates-in-musical-development

Hi all, as we mentioned before, is proud to be an ambassador for Trinity College London Music and Drama (the famous music exams people). We're delighted to announce that has been shortlisted for the Excellence in SEND category at the Music & Drama Education Awards in recognition of their Awards and Certificates in Musical Development.

When Derek was little, despite being an amazing pianist, he couldn't take music exams as there wasn't anything he could apply for. Now there is! This is a pathway for children and adults in similar situations to gain formal music qualifications.

The awards and certificates are based on the Sounds of Intent framework of musical development. recognizes that we are all musical, whatever our special abilities or needs and Derek and all of us are delighted to support Trinity in this initiative.

21/11/2023

🎭 Calling all teachers! 🎭

If you have students gearing up to take Trinity Group or In Production Drama exams, don’t miss our FREE 8-week countdown resource, aimed at helping both you and your students to prepare for the upcoming assessments with confidence.

This quick-fire checklist - devised by Trinity drama experts - breaks down the key dates and tasks you need to consider to support your students in showcasing the full extent of their talents in their upcoming exams.

Download your copy, plus other useful free resources, here: https://hubs.la/Q029nrML0

Photos from Trinity College London Music and Drama's post 20/11/2023

This weekend our UK&I Business Development Manager for Music and Performing Arts, Toby Davies, represented Trinity on the judging panel for the School of Popular Music Jersey's Battle of the Bands!🎶

Able to listen to the incredible young musicians demonstrating the extent of their skills, Toby says of the event: "It was truly a pleasure to represent Trinity at the School of Popular Music Battle of the Bands this weekend in Jersey. Witnessing such a high level of musicianship on display was truly inspiring."

20/11/2023

What a great day we're having exhibiting at, and exploring, the brilliant Kent Music Conference 2023: ‘Designing your Musical Universe’. It's a fantastic celebration of the transformational experience of music for students and teachers alike, offering informative workshops, keynote speeches, networking and a full expo of music education organisations - including Trinity - offering advice and support.

How to be sustainable when preparing for your Trinity music exams 20/11/2023

🌍 Are you looking for more ways to do your part to protect our planet as a music teacher?

Our latest blog focuses on all the ways Trinity is working to help you to become more green in your teaching.

Take a look and be inspired here: https://hubs.la/Q029nrdX0

How to be sustainable when preparing for your Trinity music exams This week we’re going to cover some key ways as a learner or teacher you can prepare for your Trinity music exams, whilst caring for the planet.

17/11/2023

‘The reason I wanted to do qualifications was to boost my confidence. I was very shy and it was something that really helped me on-stage and off-stage.’

As a young person with autism, Amy Frisby has struggled with embracing recognition for her talents. Trinity’s flexible qualifications have given her the support and confidence to pursue her love of improvisation and enabled her to work with other young people with autism.

Be inspired by Amy’s story here: https://hubs.la/Q028z5HW0

Photos from Trinity College London Music and Drama's post 16/11/2023

We’re excited to share with you photos from this year’s brilliant Music for Youth Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, which Trinity is proud to have sponsored! The Trinity team had a great night last night listening to what was a fantastic showcase of some of the UK’s most talented musicians.

The two-night celebration featured a full-scale symphony orchestra alongside Irish dancers, Japanese Taiko drummers and some of the country’s leading jazz bands and singer-songwriters.

If you were there, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the event below!

Introducing ‘Acting for Screen’ 16/11/2023

🎥🎞️ Drama teachers, do you have budding film or TV stars among your students? We’ve just released our brand new Acting for Screen qualification!

This new syllabus has been specifically devised to help equip your aspiring actors and actresses with all the skills they need to secure a future career on TV or film.

Learn more about what this syllabus involves and how you can get started here, in our latest blog: https://hubs.la/Q02929lZ0

Introducing ‘Acting for Screen’ In this blog we answer your questions about our brand new qualification- Acting for Screen.

15/11/2023

🎁Want to give your and music students an amazing Christmas present?

If they record and submit their digital grade assessments before 8 December they will be able to get their results back before the holiday break!
To learn more about digital exams and how to enter, click here: https://hubs.la/Q028yWW80

14/11/2023
14/11/2023

Drama teachers - get your hands on some essential resources to help your students excel in their Trinity exams, including our FREE programme examples for group Acting exams.

Download your free programmes - which are available for Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels, and include examples of how these can be adapted for Performance Arts and Musical Theatre - here: https://hubs.la/Q028yK1l0

13/11/2023

Take a look at Kayleigh’s incredible and inspirational story about how she overcame several significant personal challenges - including a blood infection which left her with no voice control or tone - before achieving Grade 5 Rock & Pop Singing: https://hubs.la/Q028GNmd0

The value of drama for students in Key Stage 3 13/11/2023

‘The opportunity to study drama is a gift I wish all children could have.’ Elise Chambers, Head of Speech and Drama, Dauntsey's School

Why is such an important subject at KS3?

🎭It develops student empathy and encourages personal expression
🤸It bolsters students’ confidence
💡It encourages critical thinking and exploration of real-life situations

…plus much more! Read our latest blog to find out more here: https://hubs.la/Q028y_3v0

The value of drama for students in Key Stage 3 Have you got students who are keen to compose? Why not get them to write a piece for their Trinity graded exam? Read on to find out more.

10/11/2023

We’ll be sponsoring and exhibiting at the Music Mark conference once more this year! Taking place in Southampton on 27-28 November, make sure you register to come and join us so you can also see Sophie Gray - who is Head of Inclusion at Services for Education in Birmingham, a Trinity partner - join a panel speaking about dynamic approaches to inclusion, on 28 November.

Find out more about the conference and register here: https://hubs.la/Q028hpgC0

08/11/2023

🎶We’re excited to announce that we’re sponsoring the Music for Youth Proms next week, on 14-15 November at the Royal Albert Hall! 🎶

This two-night celebration of music will showcase some of the UK’s most talented musicians and will feature a full-scale symphony orchestra alongside Irish dancers, Japanese Taiko drummers and some of the country’s leading jazz bands and singer-songwriters.

Find out more about the event here: https://hubs.la/Q0287F780

Classical & Jazz Supporting Tests: Musical Knowledge 08/11/2023

🎹 Are you a music teacher preparing students for our Classical & Jazz graded exams? 🎻

Read up on the Musical Knowledge supporting test element of our exams in our latest blog which outlines everything you need to know to successfully prepare students’ for this element of their exams, including exclusive examiner tips on how the test is assessed.

Start reading here: https://hubs.la/Q0287zpy0

Classical & Jazz Supporting Tests: Musical Knowledge In this blog, we are going to look at the Musical Knowledge test, how it is assessed, and how the format of the test enables teachers prepare for it.

07/11/2023

Go beyond the music with composer Ellen Mandel who has three songs included in our latest Singing 2023 syllabus!

Hear from Ellen as she shares her creative songwriting process and the inspirational stories behind her songs: https://hubs.la/Q027P5RM0

03/11/2023

“It allowed me to explore things that I wouldn’t have been able to explore if I wasn’t on that set track of a Diploma, and it gave me all the tools that I needed.”

Trinity alumna, Danielle Steers completed her Trinity Level 6 Diploma in Professional Musical Theatre via a scholarship at College and has since secured several leading roles in prestigious theatres, including ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘The Bodyguard’.

Read her story to be inspired about how your students could follow in her footsteps, here: https://hubs.la/Q0271C0y0

Understanding Trinity referrals for instrumental exams 02/11/2023

Here’s the scenario: your student has submitted their digital music exam and received notification that it has been referred, delaying the release of their result. Firstly, don’t panic! Our latest blog outlines the main causes for referrals, what happens next, and provides top tips on how to avoid future referrals. Find out more here: https://hubs.la/Q027vGHs0

Understanding Trinity referrals for instrumental exams There are many reasons why an examiner may refer your exam and, in this blog, we’re going to explain the main causes and what happens next.

01/11/2023

Did you miss the incredible launch event for our new Piano Syllabus 2023? If so, you can still watch Trinity Laban fellow and Trinity College London scholarship recipient Christos Fountos’ fantastic performance of ‘Investigations’ below! This piece was written specifically for Grade 8 by world-renowned Chinese composer Zhenyan Li - Composer.

Then watch our full wrap-up video showcasing all the performances and insights from the day, and discover more information on our new Piano syllabus, here: https://hubs.la/Q0274Syq0

31/10/2023

A composer whose songs feature in our Singing 2023 repertoire has shared their songwriting inspiration. Hear their story and then try some of our new repertoire for free through our sample booklet with songs from across the grades! https://hubs.la/Q0271xTn0

Own Compositions in Rock & Pop exams 30/10/2023

We love to give candidates the opportunity to express themselves through their Music exams, which is why we offer the option to include an ‘Own Choice’ or ‘Own Composition’ song within the three-song setlist for Rock & Pop exams.

Read our latest blog for tips and ideas on how to take advantage of this option: https://hubs.la/Q0272vzN0

Own Compositions in Rock & Pop exams Trinity rock and pop own composition guidance for exam candidates.

30/10/2023

Are you keen to find new ways to encourage KS3 students at your school to discover a passion for drama and benefit from the numerous essential life skills that performing arts can offer to them?

Be inspired by new ways to boost participation in your drama classes and increase uptake of Drama GCSE at your school by accessing our free comprehensive guide, which includes practical and actionable strategies from experienced educators: https://hubs.la/Q0271wGN0

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🎼Get ready to experience our new, convenient Digital Music Theory exam format! 🎼 Try out our new easy-to-use online plat...
We're delighted to announce, in partnership with Music for Youth, the ‘Together for Music’ festival - a BRAND NEW specia...
Looking to deliver Group #Drama exams this year, or for the perfect way to assess the full cast and crew of your next sc...
⭐Give a young person who’s excelled in their Trinity Music or Drama exam the recognition they deserve by entering them f...
🎹Curious about our new Piano 2023 syllabus? 🤔 Get our interactive piano sample booklet, composer profile videos and podc...
Hear what inspired some of the composers featured in our Piano 2023 syllabus and try some of the pieces for FREE! https:...
Hear from composers and arrangers featured in our new #Piano syllabus about the creative inspiration for their featured ...
Do you know of a young person who has achieved a Trinity Music or Drama graded qualification this year who deserves some...
Are you preparing students ahead of entering Trinity #DramaExams in the new year? Remember that all entries now need to ...
🎹Want a taster of the incredible new repertoire on offer in our #Piano Syllabus 2023?Check out pianist and Trinity Laban...
🔴‘Changes to the assessment and moderation process are really positive. It means that as advisers, we’ll have more time ...
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