Here is some information about the Trinity College London Initial Piano Exam. This is a pre-grade 1 exam that pianists will start once the basics of note-reading and playing and performing confidently in a beginner hand position have been mastered. You will also need to have completed the 1st and 2nd theory books listed below before starting on the Initial exam work.
We recommend practising at least 20 minutes a day in order to work through all the requirements for the exam. A daily practice chart can be found in this handbook. Print a copy each week and show this to your teacher at the start of each lesson. It is important that an effective daily practice routine is maintained at home. We ask parents to supervise as many practice sessions as possible to ensure all requirements for the exam are being practised in rotation.
Here are some resources to help you prepare for Trinity exams. Please note that theory exams are taken with ABRSM.
All students will need to purchase these books:
Pieces & Scale book Grades 1 to 5
Theory Book 1, Book 2 (must be completed before starting Initial piano)
Theory Book 3 & Book 4 to use alongside learning the Initial exam requirements
Aural Grades 1 to 5
Practice the aural tests weekly (small monthly subscription fee):
Musical Knowledge (please print both sections and bring to your lesson)
- Musical Knowledge parameters
- Musical Knowledge guidance
- Print our Musical Knowledge Quiz and see how many you can answer. Bring to your next lesson.
Trinity Handbook for SE22 Piano School Students:
MUSICAL KNOWLEDGE SAMPLE QUESTIONS: