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The Piano 2018-2020 syllabus
The new Piano syllabus will be valid from 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2020.
Get a taster of some of the pieces and exercises from the 2018-2020 syllabus by downloading a free sample booklet. Including specially commissioned pieces by contemporary composers, the booklet gives you free pieces and exercises across a range of grades and musical styles.
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Enter for a Piano exam
There are two ways to book an exam:
- download an entry form here and send it with the full fee to your local representative, or
- 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.
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 Piano publications
The following are available at your local music retailer or via our online shop:
- New Piano Pieces & Exercises books (Initial to Grade 8) available as book only, and book with CD and teaching notes
- New Piano Teaching Notes
- Scales & Arpeggios books
- Raise the Bar Piano books
- Sound at Sight books
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Digital resources are available to support learning, including advice and content on:
- Pieces, performance and technique
- Supporting tests
- Technical work
You can access:
- Bite-sized videos to support the syllabus
- Practice resources for learners
- Tips for teachers
2015-2017 syllabus and overlap arrangements
There will be a one-year overlap between syllabuses, during which time candidates may offer pieces and technical work requirements from either the 2015-2017 or 2018-2020 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.
Additional 2015-2017 teaching notes and audio
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.