Trinity College London invented the very first music grade exams in 1872 and the board’s examinations are now used worldwide.
Trinity examinations board’s story began in 1872 with the founding of Trinity College of Music. According to the board, ‘Five years on and we had created the world’s first ever graded music exams and changed music education forever.
‘We have continued to set standards ever since. Governments, industry bodies, and universities worldwide now recognise our regulated qualifications.
‘We promote both the development of technical skill and a musician’s creative identity. Trinity’s approach has inspired many musicians, from the cascading strings of Mantovani to the powerful Afro beats of Fela Kuti, plus modern singer/songwriters like Patrick Wolf. One of the greatest 20th century violinists – Sir Yehudi Menuhin – also served as our President. Our mission remains to inspire teachers, learners, and the wider music world’.
To celebrate Trinity’s 150th anniversary in 2022, the board is making a range of ebook instrument packs available to download for free, including piano, guitar, violin and drums.
You can sample pieces, exercises and audio from our popular TCL Press books and ebooks collections.