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Graded Music Teaching Resources

Enhance your teaching and inspire your students with RSL Awards.

Seize the new academic year as an opportunity to bring innovative teaching resources and products into your instrumental music lessons.

Our mission is to provide educators with the support to deliver lessons that empower students to excel in their musical pursuits – whatever and wherever they may be.

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Summer Sale
New Products
Free Activity Packs
Free publications & Lesson Plans
RSL Rewards Scheme

RSL’s Summer sale!

Grab 15% off your next Rockschool or RSL Classical book, track or supporting materials

At the centre of all our graded music qualifications is the fantastic material published in our inspiring Rockschool and RSL Classical books. These are a great teaching and learning tool filled with accurately benchmarked tunes, technical exercises and supporting tests. Available grade book collections can be purchased as digital interactive e-books, allowing teachers and learners to listen, loop bars, adjust the tempo and switch between full and backing tracks. Record your performance, using the in-built mic on your device, and get instant feedback from the MatchMySound technology.

Use code BACKTOSCHOOL23 at checkout for a 15% discount until the 24th September! T&Cs apply*

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*T&Cs apply. Offer valid worldwide on applicable products from RSL Awards’ online store until 24th September. Offer not available for exam/qualification entries, subscriptions to the RSL Learning Platform, or in conjunction with any other offer.

What’s New This September?!

Career Development

Teacher Training

Equipping teachers for success.

RSL Academy is delighted to offer Continued Professional Development with our new Teacher Training initiative! Whether you’re just starting on your teaching journey, looking to advance your skillset, or you’re looking for recognition of your professional practice, we have the solution for you.

The Teacher Training programme, presented by RSL Academy, provides you with a systematic approach to advance your teaching practices by developing ideas, fostering a teaching community, and creating a positive impact in the sector.


Introducing The Horns Section by Rockschool!

Learn how to play as a professional horns section with three new Rockschool syllabuses.

From Jazz to Motown classics, and from Pop hits to Latin grooves, the horn section has left a big impression on popular music. Other syllabuses focus on individual instruments in isolation.

For the first time, RSL is celebrating the horn section as a unit! Students learning Trumpet, Trombone & Saxophone, can play together from their very first note. Six specially arranged pieces in each grade cover a wide range of genres, building the skills and experience to become a great horn section player.

Performance Specialist

Associate Awards in Performance

Take your performance to the next level with RSL Awards

The new Associate Award in Performance is the ideal next step for learners looking to excel in music beyond Grade 8. These performance-only qualifications are open to learners of any age at Level 4 and Level 6.

With the Associate Awards you can specialise in performance and gain the recognition your technical skills deserve, no matter your age or location.

Music Theory Activity Packs

Download Free Activity Packs

Take advantage of these free music theory activity packs for your classes

Sometimes it’s good to mix it up. We’ve provided two free activity packs tailored towards engaging young musicians in with music theory. These packs are full of exercises you can use within a class or in a 1:1 music lesson, to teach music theory fundamentals in an exciting way. A good grasp of music theory can quickly elevate any musician’s performance, so download your free music theory activity packs today.

Debut – Grade 4 activity pack

In this activity pack you will find exercises on:

  • Rhythm
  • Notation
  • Intervals

You will also find accompanying printable pdfs so that you can use these activities over and over again

Grade 5 – Grade 8 activity pack

In this activity pack you will find exercises on:

  • Rhythm
  • Time Signatures
  • Chords
  • Modes

You will also find accompanying printable pdfs so that you can use these activities over and over again

Free Teaching and Planning Materials

Teach Today. Shape Tomorrow.

Free graded publications & lesson plans!

Supporting the development of professional music teachers, worldwide.

We understand that starting or growing a music teaching business can be challenging, which is why we offer a range of teaching resources and an amazing community to help you grow and thrive.

Get access to:

  • free graded music digital publications
  • schemes of work to help you plan up to three months’ worth of lessons per grade
  • a welcome pack introducing you to and explaining the world of Rockschool
  • free listing on our Teaching Registry allowing you to advertise your business

Introducing RSL Rewards

Earn while your students learn!

The new reward scheme for RSL graded music teachers

Our ethos here at RSL Awards is to support everything you do, from providing high quality teaching and learning materials to accessing tools that will help you grow your music teaching business.

We’re thrilled to announce that we are starting RSL’s very own rewards programme.

Whether your students are buying their next grade book (physical or e-book!), getting started with the Rockschool Method Books, or trying to hone their music theory skills, purchasing directly from the RSL shop can earn you cash!

Digital Files

For the RSL shop we’ve chosen the most widely used media for ease of use and flexibility when transferring across different devices.

Every complete digital book (e.g. Electric Guitar Grade 1) includes:

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

Download Limits

We know downloading digital content can be frustrating at times which is why we’ve given you multiple chances to download your audio and sheet music.

Each complete digital book purchased includes:

  • 5 audio downloads
  • 3 sheet music downloadsThis means if you misplace your content, or if your download times-out, you’ll still have plenty of attempts to download your content.

Purchase Options

1. Hard Copy

The hard copy or paperback version can be purchased from our shop for shipping to the UK. Orders for shipping to other countries can be placed via The paperback version includes everything you need for your exam in one essential book, including sheet music, a code for access to MP3 audio and complete supporting tests.

2. Digital Download (where applicable)

Digital downloads is the most popular way of purchasing and downloading a Rockschool book, track or supporting test. Rockschool digital book downloads come complete with PDF sheet music, MP3 audio and supporting tests for instant accessibility on all your favourite devices.

Note: Digital sheet music is stamped with your email address and order number.

3. Digital Download + E-Book Access

The RSL e-books, utilising Learning Platform technology powered by MatchMySound, are the ultimate practise tool, giving you the ability to master your instrument like never before.

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