Introducing Trinity's new Repertoire-only pathway for digital exams

Introducing Trinity's new Repertoire-only pathway for digital exams

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BY: Natalie Christopher
04 July 2023

At Trinity, we pride ourselves on providing as many opportunities as possible for candidates to tailor their music exam to their particular strengths. Whether that's focusing on a particular genre of music such as Rock & Pop or Jazz, performing Orchestral or Brass Band extracts instead of scales and arpeggios, or taking a Supporting Test in Improvisation, we recognise that being a musician constitutes a plethora of different skills, and strive to reflect as many of these as we can in the exams we offer. We are therefore delighted to be able to announce the most recent addition to our digital exam suite: the Repertoire-only pathway for Classical & Jazz exams. Read on for more information.

From July 2023, candidates taking a Trinity Digital Classical & Jazz exam will have two options:

  • Technical work pathway
  • Repertoire-only pathway

The Technical Work pathway is the new name for the digital exam that you are already familiar with and constitutes of:

Our new Repertoire-only pathway requires exactly as the name suggests - repertoire only. Instead of presenting any technical work or being assessed on their overall performance, candidates will perform 4 pieces, each worth 25 marks each (Grades 6-8 singers will be required to perform 5 songs, each with 20 marks each).

This additional progression route option not only provides candidates and teachers with a fresh approach to achieving a fully accredited qualification, but can also be combined with the range of other opportunities available with digital exams, such as to perform:

  • with either a live accompanist, backing tracks, or a combination of the two
  • a duet
  • an own composition
Booking a Repertoire-only digital exam

Candidates can book their Repertoire-only digital exam straightaway if they've already prepared four pieces from the current Classical & Jazz repertoire list for their instrument. When you come to book a digital exam, you will be asked to specify which pathway the candidate is taking: Technical or Repertoire-only. If you complete the booking but believe you may have selected the wrong option, please contact us at and we will work with you to resolve this.

Submitting a Repertoire-only digital exam

When you come to upload a Repertoire-only pathway digital exam, you should find that the submission form simply asks you for:

  • the performance video, filmed in one continuous take
  • the details of the four (or five) pieces performed in order of performance
  • copies of the music (if not from a Trinity publication)

By comparison, the Technical pathway submission form will ask for the following:

  • the performance video, filmed in one continuous take
  • the details of the three (or four) pieces performed in order of performance
  • copies of the music (if not from a Trinity publication)
  • confirmation of the Technical Work option/s performed

Again, if the options on the submission form do not match what has been performed in the exam, please do email us.

Submitters should note that they now have 28 days in which to upload a submission, extended from the 14 days we previously operated, but that extensions will not be provided beyond this date.

Results and certificates

The pieces in a Repertoire-only pathway exam are assessed using exactly the same mark scheme as we do for all of our other Classical & Jazz graded music exams. The only difference is how the pieces are weighted, as outlined above.

The report forms that are emailed to the candidate and the submitter are formatted the same way as a face-to-face report form but, naturally, structured to reflect the variation in requirements. Certificates, however, are exactly the same for all types of digital and face-to-face graded music exams.

For more information about digital exams and the different options available, please join us for our webinar on 6 September.



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