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Music Diplomas

Trinity’s range of Diplomas is being updated and some of our higher level qualifications are due to be withdrawn.

For more details on which ones, and the timeline for withdrawal please read our news release.

Extension to Trinity’s Music Performance & Teaching Diplomas

Please note: the 2009-2017 Performance and Teaching Diplomas Syllabus has been extended until the end of 2018.

Performance Diplomas

These, our most advanced performance awards, follow on from our Grade and Certificate exams, taking musicians up to a professional standard of performance and musical understanding. We offer Recital Diplomas for classical musicians and Pro-Music Diplomas for session musicians with a focus on professional practice.

  • Please note that the option to enter for a jazz diploma was withdrawn in March 2016.
  • Please note that the Pro-Music Diplomas are being withdrawn, and will no longer be available after 31 December 2017.

    Candidates should refer to their local centre representative for entry dates to ensure that they complete the qualification before its withdrawal at the end of 2017.


Teaching Diplomas

These qualifications examine instrumental and vocal teaching to individuals and groups. They cover both theory and practice, and include observation of your teaching. The highest-level FTCL Diploma is based around your original research into music education and is assessed by fellow music professionals.


Theory and Composition Diplomas

These exams focus on analytical concepts and procedures, and require an extensive knowledge of music history in the Western classical tradition.

Please note that requirements for theory and composition diplomas changed in January 2017. The new syllabus and sample papers are available to download.

NB There is no overlap, so the 2009 syllabus may no longer be used.



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.


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