The present and future of Trinity College London, the certification body of music

In 2013 Trinity College London inaugurated its music exams at Cremona Musica. For more than a century, they have been a certification body for music, performing arts, and English language. The mission of Trinity is to inspire teachers and students through stimulating contents and methods of assessment, accessible to all, to develop the necessary skills for today’s world. We talked with Emiliano Valtulini, Promo & Marketing coordinator of Trinity College London in Italy, to discover their latest projects in musical education and charity.


What is Trinity College London, and what are their projects in the music field?

We are a certification body, active since 1877 in more than 60 countries. We started with music, then we also developed in the performing arts and English language, which is the field we are most renowned for in Italy. In 2012-13 we introduced the certification of music, we presented it at Cremona Musica 2013, when we internationally launched the rock and pop exams.

We are also an educational charity, with an important history of projects related to music and more. In 2009 we funded a € 60.000 music laboratory in L’Aquila, after the earthquake, and during the lockdown, this Spring, we provided “edutainment” (education and entertainment) projects for kids and adolescents. We also provide free support for teachers, live lessons, insights into exams, also via Zoom. 


What is the difference between you and a music school?

Music schools provide courses, we do not, we just evaluate the reached goals, in an objective and uniform way all around the world, with different levels, also high-formation diplomas. Schools can cooperate with us to provide exams. Currently, we have three kinds of exams: jazz-classical, rock & pop, music theory.


What is the advantage of having a Trinity certification?

Since it is an international certification, included in the European framework, it is recognized everywhere, also abroad. Our diplomas have been used to access great international orchestras or prestigious universities. It is a recognized instrument to motivate the learning of music.


In 2019 you presented a pilot project at Cremona Musica. What is it, and how is it going?

We want to assess the impact of certifications in the learning of music, in every school, primary and secondary. We want to understand how a student reaches a “grade 5”, for instance, in Italy and abroad, and how it affects his/her path. We have a sample of 21 schools, but now the National Committee for the practical learning of music (from the Ministry of Education) made a new call, and we hope to add new schools. The first outcomes are positive, but we had to stop because of the lockdown.  


In 2013 you presented the Trinity exams of music precisely at Cremona Musica, why did you make this choice?

Because we knew it is the most important fair for music in Italy, focused on musical instruments, but always with an eye on education. Moreover, our collaborator Laura Rossi, guest of Cremona Musica with Schott, made the choice easier.

What opportunities does Cremona Musica offer to your business?

We have the opportunity to meet music retailers – we are a publisher too – that can promote our exams and the culture of certifications. Then we meet schools, teachers… It allows us to meet a wide audience that could be interested in our services.

What are your projects for the future?

Our priority is to go on with the pilot project, but after the lockdown, we are thinking of developing digital exams with our team in London. We hope to present them at Cremona Musica.