Trinity College London has created a wealth of online resources for students of rock and pop music, and if you’re tempted to take a break from practice over the summer holidays, visiting their support page might make you think again.

“You can’t improve and you will never be able to become a professional musician unless you put time into your practice” – Talia Cohen, singer/songwriter.

Trinity’s Rock & Pop 2018 syllabus contains hundreds of new songs for guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals, and the new Play Trinity Rock & Pop app gives musicians an exciting new way to practise. The app puts users behind their own mixing desk, allowing them to adjust pitch, tempo, and the levels of each individual instrumental track. Available to download for free to both iOS and Android phones here.

You can also work on your Pro Skills with the help of their practice video.

In New Zealand, each year more and more students are taking Trinity Rock & Pop exams – a great way to measure progress, have a goal to work towards and gain an internationally recognised qualification, all while playing the music you love! NCEA students might be interested to know the exams have an own song choice option. Mike Chunn CNZM ONZM, CEO of Play It Strange Trust, says this is “a great opportunity to gain NCEA credits for songs – such are lyrics and music – and then take it further by gaining an internationally recognised qualification for performance.

“It’s reassuring to see an international examinations body, traditionally associated with European classical music, supporting popular genres and offering songwriters a platform for their work.”

Trinity Rock & Pop is also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube and recently we’ve added songs to Spotify. If you’re interested to find out about Trinity Rock & Pop in New Zealand, contact National Manager, Cathy Martin at [email protected].