Introducing the 2023 Singing Syllabus

Introducing the 2023 Singing Syllabus

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BY: Amy Lee
01 March 2023

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new 2023 Singing Syllabus on 1 March 2023. We are releasing new Singing graded books, with extensive and varied repertoire, and providing a redesigned sight-reading test. These are just some of the key highlights and changes ­– read on to find more!

New Singing books with extensive repertoire

The new Singing graded books will include 12 songs per grade across all syllabus repertoire groups. There are no restrictions with regards to gender, or transposing songs to suit the singer’s voice. The repertoire is wide ranging, from folk and classical songs to West End and Broadway – explore musical theatre repertoire from shows including Matilda, Dear Evan Hansen, and more! These songs, whilst selected for use in Trinity’s Singing exams, can also be performed as part of Trinity’s specialist Musical Theatre qualifications, which allow learners to integrate singing, acting and movement in their exam as soloists, or in group or pair performances. There’s also increased diversification, with more repertoire written by female composers and composers from historically underrepresented backgrounds than ever before.

There are detailed performance notes included in all books, providing important context to the songs. Additionally, there are separate high and low voice publications at grades 6-8 for range and voice-type adaption. The books are available in both physical print and ebook formats. There is demo and accompaniment audio included for all songs, including fully-orchestrated backing tracks for the musical theatre repertoire.

Trinity is also releasing Introducing Singing – a pedagogical publication which takes singers through the early steps of learning about their voice and developing a healthy vocal technique for both classical and pop styles.

Redesigned sight-reading test with accompanying books

Singing exams from March 2023 will include a brand-new, redesigned sight-reading test. This test will be in three parts: Part 1 – sing an interval, as prescribed for the grade, from a given note; Part 2 – clap a notated rhythm; Part 3 – sing a short extract which features the interval and rhythm (bringing Parts 1 and 2 together). New Sight Reading Singing books will comprehensively support learners preparing for the newly designed sight-reading test, and specimen tests are available for free download.

Watch the below video for Trinity College London's sight-singing test format and read the Singing Grades webpage for further information, including a video on why sight-reading is so important for singers. You can also check out The Teacher’s Guide To Singing, where experienced singing teachers share their top tips about helping students to achieve their best. 


Overlap of 2018-2023 Syllabus

The 2018-2023 syllabus will remain valid until 1 March 2024, giving a one-year overlap. Following the launch of the 2023 syllabus, Trinity will continue to increase the repertoire available to candidates through a continual programme of new publication releases. This will include a diverse range of exciting exam books, individual digital downloads, ebooks, anthologies and more. Repertoire and technical pieces will remain available indefinitely*. Advance notice of new publications releases will be available on the Singing webpages and the Trinity College London shop.

If you're interested in finding out more, why not join Sector Support Manager (Arts & Youth), Amy Lee, and singing specialist examiner, Luise Horrocks, as they discuss Trinity's new Singing syllabus, the accompanying publications and play extracts of some of the repertoire in a live webinar on Mar 21, 2023 at 4:00 PM

* Copyright and territory dependent

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