Trinity equivalents.

said: May 23, 2007
 2 posts

Hi! I posted amonth or two ago and id like to thank all of you for your responses. I have to make a descision regarding when to appear for the trinity guildhall exams. I am currntly on Minuet by Boccherini. Could anyone tell me roughly which trinity grade it would fall into? Could someone also point me to a sight where i can find the grade equivalents for book 3 & 4 pieces. Thanks a lot for your help.

Meg said: Jun 23, 2007
 Violin, Viola
8 posts

The problem is that the exams don’t really match up to the Suzuki method. You see, they test both playing pieces and other areas of musicianship such as aurals, sight reading, improvisation and music knowledge (I believe you have to do 2). You also have to do scales etc. (http://www.trinitycollege.co.uk/site/?id=1046)
So generally, if you have learned by the suzuki method, especially if you’re on book three, the grade with pieces at the standard you are playing will probably have sight reading you’ll find very very hard.
I took the ABRSM exams rather than the trinity ones, but I think they are roughly equivalent. I never took grade 1, and took grade 2 when I was at the beginning of book 4. I scored very high in the pieces, but failed the sight reading….I also once heard that vivaldi A minor 3rd mov. was set for Grade 8 and a piece at the end of book 8 was set for grade 6……so I don’t know what to tell you.
Sorry I didn’t really answer your question…maybe someone else will have a better answer, but really I don’t think American students generally take music grade exams.

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