We understand that taking exams is not for everyone! However, there are those who are motivated by the challenge of exams, or who would like an internationally recognised music qualification.  At Encore/Apollo, we help these students work towards sitting their Trinity exams.

These exams are offered by Trinity College London (, an international exam board that has been providing assessments since 1877.  Each year, over 600,000 candidates in over 60 countries take a Trinity assessment. Trinity assessments are designed to help students progress in their musical journey by marking their achievements at each stage of their development and all levels of competence.  The exams focus on assessing skills and how effectively the candidates can apply what they have learnt.

Many of our Encore/Apollo Trinity candidates have achieved at least a Merit or Distinction in their exams.  In recent times, three of our students achieved marks that placed them among the top students in the whole of New Zealand!


​Discuss with your teacher about whether it is appropriate for you to sit for an exam. If you both agree to go ahead, please fill in the form below. The online form below must be completed by the closing date (as stated below) of the exam you are interested in.

– Exam fees are set by Trinity
– Exam books (approx $20 – $50 each):

The price includes a small administration fee and card fee. You may also want to take into account the additional cost of an accompanist if you require one for your exam (please refer below).

  • May Theory Exam (Saturday May 11th 2024)
  • June – Classical Music Practical (exact date TBD)
  • August – Classical Music Practical & ‘Rock & Pop’ Practical (exact date TBD)
  • November/December – Classical Music Practical (exact date TBD)
  • Nov Theory Exam (Saturday Nov 9th 2024)

Exams can also be done digitally if a student wishes. Digital exams require filming of the students pieces and uploading by the parent/caregiver. Encore do not take care of this. Digital exams are great if you’re looking for a bit more flexibility! Please email us ( for more information on this.

Please note the above sessions will only go ahead if:

  • Trinity have enough examiners to run the sessions nationwide
  • Enough entries are received to warrant an examiner coming to Wellington

Some notes from Trinity:

Please check for other commitments during the exam period before you enroll for an in-person session. Funds cannot be retrieved or converted to digital if the student is
over committed. Please specify all dates the candidate is unavailable across the exam month, this includes NCEA exam times for November. Do not list regular activities as
times/dates to avoid. Trinity exams need to be prioritized over regular teaching, school and after school activities.

Trinity Illness policy is 50% of the exam fee put toward your next exam entry. This can be a digital exam, another session, or another exam type. Vouchers are valid for 12 months.

Please register by the following deadlines:

Classical Exam Sessions:

  • June – 20 March 2024
  • August – 22 May 2024
  • Nov/Dec – 31 July 2024
  • May Theory Exam – 20 March 2024
  • Nov Theory Exam – 18 September 2024

Rock & Pop Session:

  • August – 22 May 2024

Your Encore/Apollo teacher has knowledge about the requirements for each exam and what might suit you best. Therefore it is an Encore/Apollo requirement that students engage in discussion with their teacher before signing up for any exams, and that the teacher’s recommendations are adhered to.


  • 3 pieces (sometimes 4)
  • 2 exercises (Students learn 3 but only 2 are played in the exam – student chooses one & examiner chooses one)
  • Technical work – scales, arpeggios etc
  • 2 supporting tests – choose between sight reading, aural, musical knowledge & improvisation for grade 1-5. Sight reading is compulsory for grades 6-8.
  •  All of the the above can be found in each specific syllabus.

Rock & Pop: 

  1. 3 pieces
  2. Session skills – Choose either Improvising or playback 

Please contact us directly for information on what’s required for the digital exams.


Full syllabuses for the exam you’re interested in can be downloaded here. These provide specific information as to the requirements for each exam/grade level and the skills/knowledge examiners will be assessing. 

  1. ​Discuss with your teacher. Talk about which exam might suit you best, considering your current ability and the length of time available to prepare. 
  2. Sign up using the form below.
  3. Books: Purchase all the necessary books from our online shop. We can let you know the relevant books to buy.
  4. Details: Trinity will let us know the date, time and location of your exam. We’ll pass this information onto you.
  5. Prepare for your exam! You’ll be required to spend plenty of time practicing/preparing at home for the exam. Students will work on exam material in their lesson time.
  6. Sit the exam: You are responsible for arranging transportation to the exam. Your tutor will not be there with you, unless specifically arranged.
  7. Results: Encore will receive the student’s exam results and feedback form and pass it on to you.
  8. Certificate: At a later date, Encore will also receive the student’s certificate. We’ll send this straight to you!
​You will find out well ahead of time the actual date/time for your exam, so please make sure you inform us if there is a clash. As per usual policy, if you provide us with notice of your absence (24 hours before your lesson) we can provide you with a catchup lesson at the end of the term. We are unable provide more than one catchup lesson per term. ​

​​It is your responsibility to organise an accompanist if you require one for your exam (whether it be for live accompaniment or for recording purposes); this includes liaising with them to attend lessons/rehearsals, providing them with sheet music, payments, etc. Encore does not currently provide accompanists for exams, however, we may know of accompanists who may be available so let us know if you need help with that.