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Our Percussion syllabus offers the choice and flexibility to allow candidates to play to their strengths, enabling them to gain recognition for their own unique skills as performers.

Specifications for aural tests and improvisation tests are changing for all instruments. The changes apply to all exams taken from 1 January 2017 onwards.

See the supporting tests page for new test specifications and information about sample materials.

Please note that there is no overlap for supporting tests, and the previous aural tests and improvisation tests can therefore no longer be used.

Please note that there is no change to the unpitched aural tests for drum kit.


Percussion syllabus 2017-2019

The 2017-2019 Percussion syllabus contains full details of grade exams in Drum Kit, Tuned Percussion, Snare Drum, Timpani and Orchestral Percussion.


You should read the syllabus requirements carefully before your exam. If you do not meet all the relevant requirements, the examiner may refer your exam result to Trinity’s London office for review and marks may be deducted.

Please see Information and Regulations and Syllabus infringements for more information.


Syllabus support

A range of support resources are available on our online learning platform.

Further information

Full details of entry procedures and exam regulations can be found in our Information & Regulations booklet

Supporting publications

A range of publications are available to support candidates with preparing for our percussion exams.

Drum Kit publications

Additional Drum Kit resources

Audio samples of the pieces in our Drum Kit Exam Pieces & Studies series are available to listen to:

Free downloadable guidance for Improvisation and Musical Knowledge can be found on our supporting tests page.

Unpitched Aural

An extra resource is available for teachers or candidates preparing for the Unpitched Aural Supporting Test: recordings of the piano part to Part 4 of the Playalong test are available and can be used in conjunction with our Unpitched Aural book,  You can also download MP3s of the tracks.

Enter for an exam

To enter for an exam, download an entry form and send it with the full fee to your local representative. Find out more and enter for an exam

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