TCL aural is designed to test your skills as a musician. The tests are particularly well put together and form an excellent way of acquiring musicianly skills from Initial through to Grade 8 when used together with Hofnote. Even if you take the Musical Knowledge option, and use Hofnote for that, it's still worth doing the Hofnote aural for TCL so you don't get any surprises at Grade 6 when aural is no longer an option. Whether you’re an instrumentalist or a singer, good aural skills help you perform with a much better understanding of music. If you go on to be an orchestral conductor, choral conductor or play in an ensemble, these skills are essential in helping you communicate your musical ideas to other performers. The aural in the graded exams has four parts, asking different questions about the same piece of music. The Hofnote exercises separate these for practice, and then give you a chance to do them one after the other as you would in the exam. If you can get good marks for this part of your exam, it will boost your overall mark significantly. Hofnote aims to help you to get those marks with exercises you can use in two ways. Firstly, by using the Show Me The Answer button, you can use Hofnote as a learning tool. You can listen to the exercises as many times as you want. Secondly, you can test yourself. Hofnote keeps a record of your progress, and you can watch yourself getting better and better as you practise!
For further details including the opportunity to try out demos, please select a grade on the left hand side. To reveal a list of the grades for an examining body, click on the button on the left hand side, and a menu of the grades will show beneath it

What is Trinity College London Aural

About Trinity College London Aural

What is Trinity College London Aural?

Trinity Guildhall offers a range of grade examinations for all instruments and voice across nine levels from Initial to Grade 8. These examinations assess performance and technical skills from beginner to accomplished performer. 

Musicians all over the world will find that the repertoire lists, supporting lists and Trinity Guildhall publications will guide, assist and enrich every pupil and teacher.

Some of the key features of Trinity Guildhall examinations:

  • A wide range of repertoire - developed through consultation with teachers worldwide
  • Supporting a range of learning and teaching styles - with a new approach to Technical Work, Aural and other tests to benefit both students and teachers.
  • Putting performance at the heart of the exam - with a mark scheme that awards a higher proportion of the marks to the performance of the pieces, and with Technical Work focused on developing performance skills.
  • Publications - including new books and CD recordings of repertoire, all available from our online store


Trinity Guildhall examinations are accredited in England, Wales and Northern Ireland by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, DELLS and CEA.  They also attract UCAS points for students applying to UK colleges and universities.  Various arrangements are in place with education authorities worldwide.