Barry Walmsley grew up with the AMEB, but when he found Trinity College piano exams it was a much better fit. He started working with Trinity in 1990 and is the perfect person to give us an overview of what this exam board is all about.
Trinity College piano exams have many features that make them stand out. The first one that jumped out to me was the option of either improvising or sight reading in the early grades.
Trinity also has a great rock & pop syllabus which swaps out aural & general knowledge tests for “session skills”. The accompanying books are forward-thinking and full of great contemporary repertoire (that you can use even if you don’t go for the exam of course).
Take a listen to today’s show and see if you might like to give Trinity College piano exams a try.
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What do you like about this syllabus? Do you like the idea of the rock and pop or certificate exam options?
Tim Topham is the founder and director of TopMusic. Tim hosts the popular TopCast show, blogs regularly at topmusic.co and speaks at local and international conferences on topics such as pedagogy, business, marketing and entrepreneurship. Tim has been featured in American Music Teacher, The Piano Teacher Magazine, California Music Teacher and EPTA Piano Professional. Tim holds an MBA in Educational Leadership, BMus, DipEd and AMusA.