A while ago I was asked by Trinity College London to write the teaching notes for the new piano syllabus, Grades 6-8, and I was delighted to receive the publications through the post last week! In addition to the pieces published in the official exam books, there is also a comprehensive selection of alternative pieces for each grade (the teaching notes available in a separate booklet). The range of repertoire is excellent, with plenty to choose from in a wide variety of style periods.

Trinity’s graded piano exams provide choice and flexibility to allow candidates to play to their strengths, enabling you to gain recognition for your own unique skills as a performer – it’s about the music you want to play and the performer you want to be. The supporting tests and technical exercises are performance-grounded and specifically designed to develop skills through the music and the piano. You will be assessed through an internationally recognised and regulated exam system you can trust (it has a 140-year heritage!), and gain UCAS points for Grades 6-8.

 Please follow these links to the piano syllabus page and to the piano supporting resources page .

Cambridge Lecture-Demonstration

If you are in the Cambridge area on Monday, July 10, why not drop by and hear my short lecture-demonstration on the new syllabus. I’ll be demonstrating pieces from the Grade 6-8 books and the lists of alternative pieces, offering advice on choosing the best repertoire for each student from the wide-ranging lists available and suggesting teaching hints, technical  tips and practice ideas on selected pieces.

Before my presentation, you are also welcome to come along and have a cup of tea, meet some of the Trinity team. You’ll hear about:

• the range of qualifications Trinity offers, from piano to Rock Guitar to Arts Award
• the structure of the Trinity exams
• the teaching and learning values behind them
• how to have an Examiner Visit at your school
• how to enter in sessions taking place in Cambridge and surrounding areas

For full details of the event and how to book your place, follow this link.

I much look forward to seeing you there!