Northern School of Music is one of the oldest music school associated with the Trinity College London in Kolkata. Preparing the students for more than 15 years for the graded music examinations from Trinity College London, NSM forms the first of its kind and perhaps the only existing music school in North Kolkata, near Dumdum Railway Station, to be associated with this International Examination Board.
Founded in 1877, Trinity College London (TCL) is an international examination board that is situated in London, England offering graded exams and diploma in music. Today, Trinity College conducts international music examination in more than seventy countries across the world enabling students to get certified.
In India, TCL is conducting examination for more than one hundred and twenty-five years. The examination in Kolkata is held twice a year, generally, in the month of July and December. Trinity College London provides international western classical music examination in Piano, Synthesizer / Keyboard, Classical Guitar, Violin, Drums, Western Vocal / Singing, Theory of Music, etc.
The entire certification course is divided into 9 grades – Initial Grade being the first and then followed by Grades 1 to 8 respectively. The higher the grade the more is the difficulty. Candidates are examined under 3 categories – the music pieces being the first, the scales and arpeggios being the second and supporting tests, like sight reading, ear tests, and musical improvisations being the third.
The international music examination conducted by Trinity College London is out of a total mark of 100, out of which 60 is the pass mark, 75 is the mark for attaining merit rank and 87 is the mark for attaining distinction.