Grade 1

Trinity Drum Kit - Grades 1 & 2General Grade 1 Exam Information

  • Exam Duration: 15 mins
  • Exam Price (UK): £39 (from 1 Sept 2016)

Pieces

  • Group A (pick two):
    • Belfast to Peru
    • Stoneroller
    • In the Pocket
    • Squibnocket Waltz
  • Group B (pick one):
    • Tom-a-Hawk
    • Song for a Small Boy

Exam Format

  • 2 x Accompanied ‘Group A’ Pieces (22 marks each)
  • 1 x Solo ‘Group B’ Piece (22 marks)
  • 2 x Technical Exercises *1 (14 marks)
  • 2 x Supporting Tests from the Following *2:
    • Sight Reading (10 marks)
    • Unpitched Aural (10 marks)
      • Time Signature Recognition
      • Style Recognition
      • Identify the Changes
      • Playalong
    • Improvisation (10 marks)
    • Musical Knowledge (10 marks)

*1 – You must prepare all 3 technical exercises but you only play 2 in the exam – you pick one, the examiner picks the other.
*2 – The vast majority of candidates select Sight Reading and Unpitched Aural for their supporting tests.

Pass Bands

  • Pass: 60-74
  • Merit: 75-86
  • Distinction: 87-100

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