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Bass Trombone

About Bass Trombone exams

We offer a range of assessments for bass trombonists, including Practical Grades and Performance Grades at Grades 6 to 8 and diplomas in Music Performance for advanced musicians.  

Read on to find out more about Bass Trombone exams.  

What’s new – Brass Syllabuses from 2023

The new Brass Syllabuses for Practical and Performance Grades feature refreshed repertoire lists for all instruments and grades, as well as new scale and sight-reading requirements for Practical Grades. There are no changes to the aural tests for Practical Grades.   

The new syllabuses came into effect on 1 January 2023 and there is a one-year overlap period. 

Bass Trombone – Practical Grades

Practical Grades are face-to-face exams that focus on all-round musical knowledge and skills, including performance. Exams are available a Grades 6 to 8. In the exam you perform three pieces, play scales and arpeggios and take sight-reading and aural tests.  


Download a PDF of the full Bass Trombone Practical Grades qualification specification. This includes the syllabus and marking criteria as well as detailed information about exam requirements.

Bass Trombone – Performance Grades

Performance Grades are digital exams assessed from a video recording. They have a strong focus on performance, including communication, interpretation and delivery. In the exam you perform a programme of four pieces.   

Exams are available at Grades 6 to 8. There are no booking periods or exam sessions so you can choose when to book, record and submit your exam.  

As well as reading the qualification specification and syllabus for your instrument, you should also read our Performance Grade guidance which includes important information about recording and submitting your exam video.   Follow the link below to find out more. 


Download PDFs of the Performance Grades Qualification Specification and Brass syllabus.

More information

Syllabus overlaps  

In the first year of a new syllabus we offer an overlap period when candidates can follow specific requirements from the previous syllabus 

Syllabus updates and corrections  

For the latest updates and corrections to our syllabuses, visit our syllabus page below.

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