Now known as Trinity Guildhall, Trinity college examinations
have been the best test of musical ability in the country for over 30 years. Trinity college of music mumbai has one of the highest number of exam applicants in India,with close to 500 candidates signing up this year.
TCLoffers examinations in practical and theory of music as well as drama and
voice.If youre a parent reading this, and hope to enroll your child,this is a
good palce to start. A good age to start a musical education would be 5 and up.
The island city has music teachers that can train students for the Trinity
Music course. Popular instruments that you can begin with are the Guitar, Violin
or the piano, even though Trinity Guildhall offers examinations for more than
20 instruments,but out of these the piano and keyboard always has the most
WHAT IS IT ? quick facts
Music Examinations are held twice year at four different venues. Four venues
are chosen 1.In south Mumbai2.Western Suburbs3.Navi Mumbai4.Thane
Practical Examination grades start from initial to eight,
and then 3 diploma levels. On an average, you can expect to complete learning
each course in a years time. That means it will take you one year to get
through each grade exam. The advanced levels of 6,7 and 8 require more practice
time ,so its common for students to appear once every two years for those
Each Grade level consists of three pieces (22 marks
each),technical play (14 marks) and two supporting tests worth 20 marks.
Twice a year,an Examiner from the UK comes down to the exam
centers, and you will have to play those 3 pieces along with the other tests in
font of the examiner in the prescribed time, which is anywhere between 10 minutes to half hour depending on your
Theory Examinations also take place at a select venue in
South Mumbai once a year,also range from initial grade level through 8 grades.
HOW TOUGH IS IT?
Trinity College of Music grade exams are a complete test
musicianship that takes about a year to prepare for as stated before. There is alot
of choice as far as the pieces go, and teachers can select them based on the
student in mind. In addition to these 3 pieces, the supplementary tests like
aural ear tests and site reading require a lot of practice too, but anyone with
a decent ear and rhythm can clear the lower level grades provided they get few
hours in the week to practice. Like any education hard work is required in the
weeks preceding the exam.
HOW MUCH WILL IT COST?
Assuming you have already started basic music lessons from
an instructed teacher, a music education need not be too expensive, but it
depends on the instrument you are learning too.
Expenses encountered are:
Practical Grade exams cost anywhere between 2500 to 5800 per
grade depending on the grade, and theory exams start from 1800 to 3500.
Music classes in the city will set you back about 2000-3000
a month for 4 classes that are usually 45 minutes each
Examination books, CDs and other expenses cost about 2000-4500
So youre total expense for a year of clearing one level
grade examination would be in the range of 45,000-55,00 p.a