For the Rock & Pop exam, you will need to perform a set of three songs and one of the Session skills assessments – either Playback or Improvising. You can choose the order of the set list.

Component Option Pass mark Maximum mark
Song 1 Choose a song from the relevant Trinity Rock & Pop book or from
and perform it with the backing track.
15 25
Song 2 Choose a different song from the book or from
or perform a song you have chosen yourself
or perform a song you have composed yourself.
For Song 2 you may choose to sing and play, e.g. by adding vocals to playing keyboards or adding a guitar accompaniment to your vocals.
15 25
Session Skills Choose either Playback or Improvising.
12 20
Song 3 Choose one of the two Technical Focus songs from the book, which cover three specific technical elements, and perform it with the backing track. 18 30
Total 60 100



Rock & Pop from 2018
  • There is a new Rock & Pop syllabus from January 2018. During this whole year, candidates may offer pieces from the 2012-2017 or the new syllabus. Please specify on the appointment form which syllabus is being used.
  • If using the new syllabus, specified songs from the previous syllabus may be used as own-choice songs, as listed at Please note the revised parameters now apply for own-choice songs, which are printed in the syllabus. Selected a song from the previous syllabus that is not listed will result in a syllabus infringement.
  • If a candidate brings their own song to the exam, the backing track must be on CD or USB. Using the handphone to play the backing track of the own song is no longer permitted.
  • Trinity has also developed a Practice App for candidates to work on the music, see


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