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Flexible graded exams encouraging singers to perform to their strengths


The music you want to sing 
Learners can progress in their own musical style by choosing from specifically selected lists of over 1,000 songs by our singing experts.

The performer you want to be 
Our performance-grounded technical work and supporting tests are specifically designed to develop learners’ skills through the music they make.

The recognition you deserve 
Candidates are assessed through an externally regulated and internationally recognised exam system, with a 140-year heritage that you can trust. They can gain UCAS points for Grades 6-8.


The Singing 2018-2021 syllabus

New 2018-2021 syllabus now available - valid from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2021.

  • Refreshed repertoire of over 1,000 songs allows singers to perform in a range of styles and languages
  • Revised song groupings let singers specialise in their preferred musical styles with enough choice to ensure they become a versatile performer
  • A choice of four supporting tests and flexible performance options, including using backing tracks up to Grade 3 and no requirement to perform from memory, give singers the flexibility to demonstrate their individual strengths
  • Specially designed technical exercises allow singers to develop vocal technique through performance
  • New graded songbooks, with teaching notes, translations, audio pronunciation guides and recordings of the piano accompaniments, provide singers with exciting repertoire for every level
  • A new vocal exercises book, with the newly composed exercises, gives singers support for pitch and tone, rhythm, and diction

Download 2018-2021 syllabus

Get a taster of some of the songs and exercises from the 2018-2021 syllabus by downloading a free sample booklet. The booklet features free songs and exercises across a range of levels, styles and languages for you to explore.

Download your free sample booklet

Register your interest

Stay up to date with news about the new Singing syllabus, publications and professional development programmes, as well as giveaways and offers.

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Enter for a Singing exam

There are two ways to book an exam:

  1. download an entry form here and send it with the full fee to your local representative, or

  2. book online using Trinity's new music booking service - this is currently available at selected UK centres only. The service permits booking and payment online, and the ability to choose a date at the point of booking.

Please note: 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.

Supporting Singing publications

The following books supporting the syllabus will be available to buy in October:

Graded Singing repertoire books (Initial-Grade 8)

  • Available for Singing for the first time
  • Feature songs in a range of languages, from a range of international composers
  • Include informative teaching notes and translations of non-English texts
  • Accompanied by CDs with piano accompaniments and audio pronunciation guides by native speakers of the songs’ languages

Vocal Exercises book (Initial-Grade 8)

  • Features three exercises per grade, six at Grades 6-8
  • Provides exercises for pitch and tone, rhythm, and diction
  • Includes full lyrics

Trinity also publishes the following series:


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The Singing 2015-2017 syllabus and overlap arrangements

There will be a one-year overlap between syllabuses during which time candidates may offer songs and technical work requirements from either the 2015-2017 or 2018-2021 syllabus, but not a mixture of both. There is no overlap for supporting tests, and the previous aural tests and improvisation tests can therefore no longer be used.

Download the 2015-2017 syllabus


Regulatory information
Additional regulatory information is contained in the 2015-2017 Singing syllabus supplement.

Syllabus errata
View syllabus errata for the 2015-2017 Singing syllabus.

Singing sight reading
All singing sight reading tests at Grades 6-8 will be accompanied from January 2015, matching the format of tests at lower grades. Examples of the accompanied tests for Grades 6-8 are available. You can also download MP3s of the accompaniments for these examples (Zip file, 25mb).

Further information

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

Specifications for aural tests and improvisation tests changed for all instruments on 1 January 2017. See the supporting tests page for new test specifications and information about sample materials.


Eisteddfod yr Urdd song option

From January 2018, young competitors competing in the Solo Song classes in Eisteddfod yr Urdd may offer their competition piece as one of the songs in their Trinity graded singing exam.

Click here for further details.

Darnau Gosod Eisteddfod yr Urdd

O Ionawr 2018, bydd cystadleuwyr yng nghystadlaethau Unawdau Eisteddfod yr Urdd yn gallu defnyddio darnau gosod yr Eisteddfod ar gyfer eu harholiadau canu unigol gyda Trinity College London.

Cliciwch yma am ragor o wybodaeth.



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