The Trinity Offer for Music Education Hubs and Services

We believe that Music Education Hubs and Services have a huge role to play in supporting the next generation of musicians and music lovers across the United Kingdom.

We acknowledge that the role Hubs and Services play in each of the four nations of the United Kingdom varies. This page is structured around The power of music to transform lives: a national plan for music education, but we believe it will help music services from across all areas of the United Kingdom to identify how Trinity College London can provide support and add value to you, your teachers and learners.

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An Introduction to Trinity College London

Trinity believes that effective communicative and performance skills are life enhancing, know no bounds and should be within reach of us all. We exist and foster the best possible communicative and performance skills through assessment, content and training which is innovative, personal and authentic.

Founded in 1872, we were the first awarding body to start offering external music exams. With a proven track record of excellence, personalised support and proactive communication, by working with us you can be sure of getting an excellent service to help your Hub to thrive.

Trinity is unique in its multi-arts function. We provide qualifications and awards to creative learners across:

  • Music (including graded exams in Classical & Jazz and Rock & Pop styles, and our new Awards and Certificates in Musical Development qualifications)
  • Drama (including Musical Theatre, solo, pair, group, and in-production assessments which may also involve backstage or technical skills)
  • and through our one of a kind Arts Award qualification, providing opportunities to recognise and celebrate WCET work, and a personalised progression qualification for all young people through any and all art forms. This includes musical instruments, styles and genres that may not otherwise be covered by the graded system or curriculum assessments.

We are also experienced with providing CPD and ongoing training across the art forms, both online and in-person. This includes our Certificate for Music Educators qualification

With subject experts and regional support across the UK, an expansive free support programme and a commitment to excellent customer service, we are passionate about ensuring that all Music Hubs and Services can work in partnership with us to achieve their strategic aims.

Meet the Team

Toby Davies – UK&I Business Development Manager - Music & Performing Arts
Toby currently heads up our Business Development team whilst also looking after our wider Local Area Representative network. He has years' worth of teaching experience as well as an extensive performance background. Toby has a wealth of knowledge across the music and performing arts sector and will happily talk about all things Trinity for hours. Contact Toby

Kate Attard – Head of Sector Support UK&I
Kate leads on supporting our customers and ensuring that you have excellent service and support to enable you to engage with our qualifications. Contact Kate

Natalie Christopher – Sector Support Manager, Music Education Hubs & Partnerships Manager
Natalie is your go-to person at Trinity if you are from a Music Education Hub or Service. She has previously worked for a Music Service and lead organisation of the local Music Education Hub, so understands your needs and challenges and is on hand to answer any questions you may have. If you would like to arrange any CPD sessions for your staff, Natalie will be in touch. Contact Natalie

Sue Clarke – Subject Expert, Drama
Leading on national programmes to support our Drama syllabuses, Sue has a wealth of experience with drama education. As a former Head of Drama she has that classroom knowledge and understanding, and can help Hubs to identify opportunities to incorporate Musical Theatre into development plans for singing. Contact Sue

Judy McFall – Subject Expert, Arts Award
Judy has worked with Arts Award for many years and is experienced in supporting a range of settings to get started with Arts Award. She is currently leading on our National LCEP Programme and is always looking to make new connections. Contact Judy

The Trinity Offer

Trinity Music

Whatever your musical interests and whatever your musical strengths, Trinity has the music qualifications for you.

Every year we support the music education of thousands of students with assessments across a wide spectrum including Classical, Jazz and Rock & Pop music. Our graded exams from Initial to Grade 8 allow learners to perform to their strengths; the flexible structure enables learners to gain recognition for their own unique skills as performers.

Digital Grades and Diplomas sit alongside our face-to-face exams, providing even more choice and flexibility in how a regulated graded qualification can be achieved.

Our new, fully inclusive Awards and Certificates in Musical Development have been developed in association with Sounds of Intent, setting a new standard for accessible music assessments which are available to all learners.

Certificate exams offer a performance-only alternative to graded exams for solo performers or groups, at Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced level.

Our diplomas (ATCL, LTCL and FTCL) are for those looking to take their professional development to the next level in music performance, teaching or theory.

Our Theory of Music syllabus responds to modern teaching and learning styles, with workbooks presenting the study of musical theory in bright and practical formats.

Our Level 4 CME (Certificate for Music Educators) is supported by a flexible programme of learning and is designed for music educators working in both formal and non-formal settings.

Trinity Drama (Musical Theatre and Performance Arts)

Trinity College London offers an unrivalled choice of qualifications for students and teachers of drama and speech, at all levels of experience and ability.

Our Musical Theatre exams provide learners with the opportunity to integrate acting, singing and movement to become an all-round performer through the performance of pieces from published works of musical theatre. Whether as solo, in pairs, or in groups, candidates can bring character and narrative to life with song and movement as an actor or in-production.

Unique to Trinity, our Performance Arts syllabus provides a huge range of flexibility, and can incorporate music making, composition, soundscape design and much more. In pairs, groups or as solo performers, candidates demonstrate their skills in the imaginative and creative exploration and integration of different performance forms and materials.

Arts Award

Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25 to grow as artists and arts leaders, inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world. The beauty of Arts Award is that it can be achieved in any art form, providing the opportunity to explore musical skills and genres outside of the usual graded music qualifications. Examples might include playing as part of a band or ensemble, music technology and production, composition, journalism, DJing, beatboxing – the list is endless!

Through progressing through the five levels, young people have the opportunity to:

  • discover the enjoyment of creating and participating in arts activities
  • experience arts events
  • develop creative and communication skills that are essential for success in 21st century life
  • explore the work of artists and craftspeople and gain insights into the professional arts world
  • gain experience and knowledge to help progress into further education and employment

We have specific further support and guidance for Music Hubs and Services looking to offer Arts Award

Find out more about Arts Award or get in touch with our Arts Award Subject Expert, Judy McFall.

The power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education

Following the release of The power of music to change lives: a national plan for music education, we are aware that the roles of Hubs in England are changing and that they now have five Functions to fulfil. Additionally, we know that Hubs will also be contributing to the Cultural Education Challenge and many will be embedded within and/or supporting their Local Cultural Education Partnerships (LCEPS).

We hope that this resource will give you a flavour of how diverse our support and opportunities for engagement can be, and how they can support you to fulfil your functions under the revised national plan. And remember, you can contact us at any time to discuss how Trinity's array of exams, qualifications and services might complement the ideas you have for your local area.


'Take a leading role in building a sustainable, local infrastructure for high-quality music education and music-making, in partnership with schools, community music organisations, and other regional and national youth music organisations and industry.'

Researching potential partners to both broaden and strengthen your Hub's offer is an exciting prospect, and it may be a good opportunity to explore ideas and connections that you haven't considered before. In your search for the right partners, you might find it helpful to investigate:

  • Trinity Certificate for Music Educators course providers, who come from a wide range of CPD backgrounds. As well as guiding instrumental/vocal and Primary teachers through the qualification, we also have Early Years and SEND specialist providers

  • Our Trinity Champion Centres are organisations experienced in running Trinity's Music, Drama and Arts Award qualifications, willing to share their expertise and enthusiasm with others

  • Arts Award centres come in all shapes and sizes! From schools, colleges and universities to youth centres and community projects, professional ensembles and opera companies. You can find many of those running near you on our Arts Award centre map

  • The Arts Award Supporters map shows all of the organisations willing to offer support to young people taking their Arts Award. This might come in the form of offering discounted tickets, workshops, Q&A sessions or work experience placements.


'Support all state-funded schools in their area through ongoing relationships to help them deliver high-quality music education, including a quality curriculum support offer, specialist tuition, instruments and ensembles; and a broad range of progression routes and musical experiences for all pupils.'

Every school is different and establishing what high-quality music education looks like, and how best to develop it, in each case will need a bespoke approach. Having a knowledge of the range of options available to schools, and how they might be applied in different settings and scenarios, is a great way in which you can support them.

Coming soon: our new, dedicated music in schools web page will outline how Trinity qualifications can be used to enhance and support schools as they work towards meeting the aims outlined in the new National Plan.

In the meantime, we believe the following qualifications and resources will prove useful:

Progression and musical development

'Support children and young people to develop and progress with music, including into national or specialist opportunities, higher education and employment, so that the chance to be involved in high-quality music-making is shared more widely in our society. Support children and young people to access the wider world of music, including live performance and community music.'

The plan's inclusion of musical activities hosted outside of school is a positive step in fostering a joined-up approach to music education, and one that seeks to benefit both students and the local, regional and national organisations running these programmes.

Coming soon: our new, dedicated out of school providers web page will outline how Trinity qualifications can be used to enhance and support the programmes run by out of school providers.

Trinity's qualifications can support students pursuing routes into higher education and industry in the following ways:

  • Our Grades 6-8 (both in Classical & Jazz and Rock & Pop), Level 3 Awards & Certificates in Musical Development and Gold Arts Award all carry UCAS points which can be used to support entry to university

  • Group Certificates offer a progression route for ensembles from Foundation (equivalent in technical difficulty to Grade 3) to Intermediate (Grade 5), through to Advanced (Grade 8)

  • Music Performance Diplomas give students the opportunity to plan and perform their own solo recital - perfect for those reaching for the next music qualification beyond graded exams and looking to gain experience as a professional performing musician

  • Our Silver and Gold Arts Awards are the perfect way to get young people thinking about a career in the arts, the route they might take to get there and the links with industry they could make. In addition to developing their artistic practice, they are also expected to undertake a leadership project, requiring them to identify and nurture the skills associated with good leadership which can be transferred into any career path.


'Drive broad access to music education, so every child has the opportunity to participate irrespective of their circumstances, background, where they live or their SEND.'

Providing opportunities for all to have their musical achievements recognised is at the heart of what Trinity does. It comes in numerous guises and includes:

  • The Arts Award Access Fund which, like its Music & Drama equivalent, provides small grants to Arts Award projects targeting young people who face barriers to the arts.


'Ensure the strategic, financial, and operational sustainability of the Music Hub by:

  1. supporting a dynamic and well-trained workforce;
  2. leveraging DfE funding to develop wider investment into young people's music from a range of sources and revenue streams;
  3. being accountable and transparent by publishing plans, needs analysis and impact data; and
  4. considering and acting on the Hub's environmental responsibilities.'

As music education bodies founded with the purpose of distributing government funding, this last Hub function is a shift, encouraging a more enterprising and commercially aligned approach. Here are a few ideas of how Trinity's qualifications and services might be able to support you in achieving these aims:

  • Switch to digital. If your focus in on how you can reduce your carbon footprint, then switching to digital exams, online Arts Award moderations and e-publications are excellent ways to contribute to this. In doing so, you're not just doing your bit for the planet - digital and online alternatives are often more cost-effective too!

  • Take advantage of the savings that can be made on Trinity College London Press's printed music publications by taking out a trade account with our distributor, Faber Music. Education institutions and teachers can qualify for a sizeable 33% discount with a trade account, designed specifically with those making large or bulk orders in mind. As a Hub, you could register for an account and purchase books to sell on to their schools and partners, either as a useful money-making venture or charitable endeavour to your schools. Simply complete the form here, adding the words 'Special 33% school discount agreed with Trinity' after your trading name, and you'll be able to enjoy this benefit as soon as your confirmation email has been received. Further information on how to order your books once you have a trade account is available here

  • Consider applying to either the Music & Drama or Arts Award Access Fund. These small, one-off grants are perfect for supporting students facing barriers to music education take their next Trinity qualification, or for piloting, embedding or developing Arts Award into your Hub offer

  • When it comes to providing CPD that sets a benchmark for the quality of your teaching provision, the Certificate for Music Educators is an excellent place to start. Focusing on the fundamentals of music teaching, the course programme provides its learners with training and mentoring which can be tailored to their particular setting, whether they teach instrumental or vocal lessons, in primary school, in community organised workshops, early years settings - the list is endless. You can find the details of our Public centres here, or find our more about becoming a centre yourself through the following resources:
  • If you are looking to start offering Arts Award as a way of extending or diversifying your delivery, Arts Award training is a must. All of our training is now delivered online, we offer a 20% discount for groups attending the same course, and we offer made-to-measure options too

  • Book an INSET session with us! We have a range of different options available - in person or online - or let us know if you have something in particular your teachers would like to know more about from us

  • Consider the benefits of becoming a Trinity exam centre. Supporting students through their graded exams means so much more than teaching them the required material and, by coming a Trinity exam centre, you are able to manage the whole exam experience for them. From ensuring the session happens at a time and place that is convenient and that the venue has everything your students need, to making sure that someone is there to welcome them with a smile, put them at ease and show them where they need to go; all of this contributes to a student's experience of music education, how positive it is for them, and their enthusiasm for continuing.

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