Trinity Music Exams: Summer 2018

If you are preparing for an exam in Summer 2018, here is the information you need to know in order to be ready for the next exam session. You can find the practice charts and more detailed information in our Trinity Exam Handbook.

Summer Exam Dates:
17th, 21st and 24th June @ Forest Hill Methodist Church. Entry Deadline approximately 8 weeks before the dates listed. All exam entrants must successfully pass a  mock exam by the 24th of March when term ends.

What Books Do I Need? Scale Book | Initial Pieces | Aural Book | Sight Reading

Pass, Merit or Distinction? We only enter students when we feel they are ready to comfortably achieve a pass in their exam. However many students would like to aim higher and often ask us how to attain the Merit and Distinction marks. Preparation is the key for success. All students will be nervous on exam day so it is important that you have performed regularly so that you have strategies in place to cope with the nerves. Our second tip is to thoroughly prepare aural and musical knowledge (MK) well in advance of the exam, not leaving it until the last few weeks before the exam. We have worksheets below for MK and there is a very comprehensive web site you can use every day at home for aural training in the run-up to the exams. You can even use this when you are on holiday or not near a piano. The Trinity aural book comes with a CD with the sample tests on for you to use at home.

Practice Charts: These are a great way for parents and teachers to have an overview of how much practice is taking place each week on all the exam requirements. Do ensure you print plenty, fill in each week and bring to the lesson to show to your teacher each week. Parents are encouraged to monitor the practice charts. These can be found in the Handbook above.

All students are encouraged to perform their pieces at a festival or student recital before entering for the exam. This ensures that your pieces are performance-ready and gives you the confidence to perform under pressure.

For those entering the Summer session:
10 June 2018: Dulwich Music Festival 

What Should I Be Practising at home? Aural Tests: The online aural tests must feature at least twice a week in your practice schedule. The web site below has two free sample tests for each grade. There is a small monthly fee to subscribe to the tests and you can send your progress chart to your teaching to see which areas need extra attention.

What Should I Be Practising at home? Musical Knowledge: This section tests your knowledge of the theory of music. We have a handy worksheet for Initial for you to fill in, discuss with your teacher, and revise with your parents at home each week. You can produce your own worksheets for higher grades using this one as the basis.

What Should I Be Practising at home? Sight-Reading: Even if you are not choosing this as an option for your exam, all students are encouraged to learn non-exam repertoire to improve sight-reading skills and to facilitate the transition to the next grade with ease. Work through at least one short piece a week at home from a book such as Dozen a Day, Rosa Conrad’s duet book or any collection of your favourite pieces such as pop tunes. Give yourself one minute to look through the piece: Check if there are any sharps or flats in the key signature. Use your rhymes to name the first note in each hand and put the correct finger number onto this note. If you have identified any black notes in the key, do make sure you touch the correct black key and rest your hand in this position. As you play, add in the dynamics, tempo marking and any other performance directions.

What Should I Be Practising during the school holidays? Pieces, Scales and Exercises. You can see the breakdown of marks below. Your pieces are 66% of the marks, the Technical work (scales, broken triads/chords/arpeggios and Exercises) are 14% and the Supporting Tests (Musical Knowledge and Aural) accounts for 20% of the mark.

Author: Lorraine Liyanage

Owner of the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich. Founder and Director of the Dulwich Music Festival. Piano teacher based in East Dulwich since 2007.

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