“Where words fail, music speaks”- Hans Christian Andersen
There are numerous certifications in music that are available in India and certification offered by Trinity College of London is one of them.Trinity College London is an international examination board for Performing Arts and English language since 1877. Every year, it conducts assessments across the world to support artists to equally learn music with defined syllabi for each instrument. The board conducts assessment for varied kind of music such as pop, jazz, classical and rock. There are nine grades for assessment that includes the initial level and goes up to Grade 8.
Certificate exams consist of a mini-recital of pieces, including the option to present own choice repertoire. There is no technical work and no supporting tests. After the graded examinations there are varied programmes/diplomas for musicians who plan to concentrate in their principal instrument.
Why should you take up the Trinity Exam?
Well, it is a very simple answer. Say for instance you’ve recently started schooling. It is obvious the teacher is going to teach you the letters of the English alphabet. The teacher is definitely not going to jump levels and start your childhood by teaching you Shakespeare or Tennyson. Similarly, in a board like Trinity, as it is not “our” music as such, we get to learn the details from the very beginning with the defined syllabus and it keeps getting deeper and elaborate as one climbs up the grade ladder. Trinity works are strictly scrutinized by a number of regulatory boards worldwide. Additionally, if you plan to join an orchestra or apply to a music school, its always a ready qualification with you.
Support from Guildhall School of Music is a stand out. Due to this, the board appreciates diversity in music learning rather than constricting to the previous syllabus that was more restricted towards Classical approach. Some of the famous music schools in the NCR region that follow this board are – The Delhi School of Music, Theme, GMI and many more. These schools and many more in the NCR region, follow this curriculum and the student enrolled in these schools can choose their preferred board. If an applicant is not a part of these schools, he/she could apply to the Trinity Delhi office and request for an examination slot. Similar to our education system, there are many boards that give the opportunity to apply for certificated or diplomas in India, but one should clearly prioritize his/her direction before opting for any particular board.
Recognising that some candidates wish to take a recital-based assessment, Trinity’s certificate exams are designed to offer an alternative to grade exams by focusing on the performance of a complete mini recital. Specifically, certificate exams allow candidates to: select from three levels of assessment representing three key stages of musical development — Foundation (equivalent to Grade 3), Intermediate (equivalent to Grade 5) and Advanced (equivalent to Grade 8) programme their own mini recitals drawn from specially provided repertoire lists and their own repertoire choices gain additional marks for programme planning, programme notes and presentation skills receive precise and specific feedback to inform their continued musical development prepare for Trinity’s recital diplomas, which follow the same format as certificate exams. As well as incorporating these innovative features, Trinity’s certificate exams are delivered by a panel of friendly examiners who are rigorously trained and standardised. This aims to create a positive and personalised experience for all candidates.
Solo certificates are currently available in the following subjects:
Electronic keyboard (Foundation and Intermediate levels only)
Trombone (Intermediate and Advanced levels only)
Cello (Intermediate and Advanced levels only)
Non-pedal harp (Intermediate and Advanced levels only)
Certificate exams are available for ensembles comprising any combination of instruments and/or voices, including Rock & Pop groups. Information on Rock & Pop group certificates can be found in the Rock & Pop syllabus, available at www.trinityrock.com/syllabus
For more information about application procedure, courses and syllabus, you can go to the following link:
You can also find your registered Trinity Centre with the following link :
Sidhant R. Seth