Trinity College London Young Performers Certificates

Application Deadline for first Trinity YPC class (exam in December 2019) is Friday, 20th September 2019

What is it About?

Trinity College London Young Performers Certificates encourage young children to develop performance, musical and communication skills as they create and explore stories, songs, roles and situations through the imaginative and integrated use of movement, music, voice and artwork.

Bronze Certificate Program

The Bronze Certificate allows young children to take their first steps in exploring performance, musical and communication skills in a familiar and supportive atmosphere.

The work presented emerge out of child-centred play or group activities and has a form and structure with which the children are familiar. It can be based on an original story devised by the group.

While there is no need for a complex plot, there are basic narratives to focus and progress the piece.

Silver Certificate Program

The Silver Certificate allows children to continue to develop their performance skills in a mutually supportive atmosphere, while allowing individuals to make their own contributions to the group presentation.

Group dynamic is important, but the emphasis shifts to encouraging individual as well as group responsibility. Children may now make their own individual, pair or small group contributions to the performance as a whole. This might be through movement, performing a role in the story, singing a song or playing a musical instrument.

The performance will normally include a range of characters, moods and situations which encourage a variety of individual and group responses. The narrative structure should be clear and move towards an appropriate ending.

Gold Certificate Program

The highest level of the Young Performers Certificates, Gold Certificate, aims to sufficiently develop performance skills to provide children with a sound foundation for Initial level graded exams in speech and drama, acting, musical theatre or music.

The work presented will aim to show clearly structured, contain identifiable characters, and demonstrate contrasting moods and dynamics within an imagined storyline or situation.

All group members will be given the opportunity to display some independence and confidence through individual, pair or small group contributions.

Age Range

The program is designed for groups of children from 3 to 7 years old.

Different Levels

To encourage participation and provide a sense of progression the Certificates are available at three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. More details about each level can be found above.

Number of Children

Groups of 6 to 12 children may enter the program for these awards, presenting their work to a Trinity examiner at the venue assigned by Trinity College HK.

What do the children do during the YPC Presentation?

Children present a short group performance which takes the form an enactment of one of the following: story; nursery rhyme; poem; myth or fairy story; song; musical work.

Children use a variety of performance, musical and communication skills such as:

  • speaking poetry or prose
  • dramatic expression
  • singing
  • playing musical instruments
  • expressive movement
  • mime
  • use of costume, props, masks
  • use of puppets.

Teachers

There will be two teachers during the YPC presentation. The children’s teacher is present throughout and may lead or direct the performance. The other teacher will be there to help out the children and the whole process, such as supporting music and props.

Assessment Process

Each group member will receive a certificate on completion of their examination and the examiner will present individual candidates in recognition of their achievement. The examiner will also write a diagnostic report recording areas of outstanding achievement. Student will normally receive the certificate and the report  1 to 2 months after the Trinity College London exam. Whiz Kids & ICMH will distribute certificates to the students.

Exam Fee and Application:

Whiz Kids will send out the letter and application form when we have the minimum class of 6 students. The exam fee for the Bronze level in 2019 will be $680 (Please note that the exam fee is subject to change each year.)

This fee will include the exam, support from the two teachers and rehearsal and preparation (before entering the exam room). Teachers will prepare the costume for the students and they need to return them after the exam.

Exam date:

The 2019 exam will be held between 1st and 22nd December 2019. The exam dates will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. We aim to book the exam on a Sunday. We need at least 12 lessons of training before the exam.The entry deadline will be the first week of Oct. The following exam session will be in 2020, with dates and fees not yet announced by Trinity College HK. It will be most likely in the period of April to May 2020. Please note that exam fees once paid are nonrefundable.

Exam details:

There will be two parts of the exam process. The first session will be the performance, and the second session will be questions asked by the examiner.

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