Category: Events & Competitions

Ukulele Kit Competition Terms and Conditions

April 7th, 2020 by

Terms & Conditions Apply

1. By entering your details you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.

2. The promoter is RSL Awards Ltd

3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

4. To enter the competition you will need to follow the mechanics listed in the social media posts. The route to entry for this competition is via RSL social media.

5. Closing date for entry will be Wednesday 15th April at 15:00.

6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

7. The prize for the winner are as follows:

  • Full suite of the new Rockschool Ukulele Grade books (Debut – Grade 8), including access to our interactive sheet music tool Replay, and an Enya Music USA Soprano HPL ukulele.

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable.

11. The winner(s) will be notified via social media within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner(s) cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

12. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

15. The winner agrees to the use of their name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

16. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any other business or Social Network. You are providing your information to RSL Awards Ltd and not to any other party.

RSL @ BBC Introducing Live 2019

October 25th, 2019 by

Shape Your Future today, with Rockschool qualifications for the creative industries. Visit us at BBC Introducing Live 2019!

Over 3 days, we’re bringing together some of the most forward-thinking industry leaders, helping to shape the future of music education today. Whether you want to be an educator, session musician, professional performer or multi-faceted entrepreneur, you’ll be able to find the resources and support you’ll need to start your career with confidence.

Quayside 7: Hosted by Hal Leonard Europe

Below you’ll find the list of presentations, masterclasses, talks and discussions centred around contemporary music education available for you to both study and teach right now.

Line-Up

10:30 – 11:00

RSL Presents: Piano Teaching Masterclass
The Piano has never been more popular and YouTube lessons just don’t cut it to fully prepare the next generation of session musicians and performing artists. Learn how to play the right way, whether on the Piano or on Keys, with RSL’s Piano Teaching Masterclass!

12:00 – 12:30

Making Money as a Music Teacher: How do You Get Started?
Teaching offers a creative, flexible option to earn some money, while also being far more than just a pay cheque. You’ll navigate a truly satisfying career path, knowing that you’ve made a difference in many lives along the way. RSL explore what it means to be a music teacher in 2019, the skills you need and advice on how to use your musical knowledge to play-it-forward right away.

13:30 – 14:00

Getting into Production: 21st Century Learning & Teaching
Speakers from RSL and Avid Tech. guide you through the basics of production with a DAW. Using RSL’s revolutionary music production course and Avid’s world-leading Pro Tools software, you can learn to further develop your music-making skills and/or seamlessly integrate music production teaching into your current schedule, helping to empower the next wave of creatives in the UK.

15:00 – 15:30

RSL Presents: Guitar Teaching Masterclass
Explore how to play and teach both the Electric and Acoustic Guitar with Rockschool – the original grade system for the modern musician. Since 1991, the Rockschool Method has been perfected to help hundreds-of-thousands of guitarists master their craft worldwide. Learn how to utilise this method to build confident, self-sufficient musicians; empowered with the ability to see their musical decisions blossom into authentic musical expression.

17:00 – 18:00

Creative Futures: Creative Industry Roles & the Portfolio Career
Join us for an informal session featuring a range of musicians and music industry professionals who will discuss their own industry experiences, reinforcing why today’s professionals need to offer a varied skillset to build a successful career in the creative industries – whether you’re a budding performer, producer, entrepreneur or educator.

19:00 Onwards

Relax
We’ll see you at the bar! Feel free to chat further with anyone wearing a Rockschool hoodie with any questions you may have.

Day Passes

Day Passes give access to the venue from 09:00 – 23:00 on the valid day. 3-Day Passes gives access to the venue at 09:00 – 23:00 daily from Thursday 31 October – Saturday 2 November 2019.

This event is for those aged 14 and over. 14 – 15 year olds must be accompanied by an adult (18+). ID checks will be carried out and any ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 16 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund. Acceptable forms of ID are passport, driving license or ID card approved under the PASS scheme containing the official hologram. Anyone aged 14 and under arriving without an adult will be denied entry.

Tickets & Prices

Thursday Day Pass – £12.50 (+BF)
Friday Day Pass – £12.50 (+BF)
Saturday Day Pass – £12.50 (+BF)
3 Day Pass – £30 (+BF)

Book your tickets here!

Find Us

QUAYSIDE 7 (Hosted by Hal Leonard Europe)
Tobacco Dock, The Dock
Tobacco Quay, Wapping Lane,
London. E1W 2SF

How To Get There

It’s easy to travel to Tobacco Dock using public transport!

Nearest Train & Underground Stations:

  • 5 minute walk from Shadwell (Overground/DLR)
  • 7 minute walk from Wapping (Overground)
  • 15 minute walk from Tower Hill (District/Circle Line)

Travelling from London King’s Cross St Pancras or Euston: Take the Northern Line to Bank, followed by the DLR to Shadwell.

Contact Details For All Access Enquiries

If you would like more information on the access facilities at BBC Music Introducing LIVE, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the BBC Introducing Team directly:

  • Email: access@visionninegroup.com
  • Phone: 0203 617 6000

About Hal Leonard Europe

Hal Leonard Europe is part of the Hal Leonard group of companies – the world’s largest source of music publications, representing many of the world’s best-known and most respected publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and instrument manufacturers. Hal Leonard Europe companies publish and distribute an extensive catalogue of printed and digital publications, sheet music, music education resources, instruments, gifts, accessories and pro audio in Europe and around the world.

There are Hal Leonard Europe offices and distribution centres located in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and the United Kingdom.

Pioneers Billy Cobham and Randy Brecker receive RSL Honorary Fellowships!

June 7th, 2019 by

This week, RSL presented an Honorary Fellowship to multiple Grammy award winning pioneers: Billy Cobham and Randy Brecker, to a packed-house at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club.

A fellowship of RSL is currently the highest honour that RSL can bestow. Fellowships are presented to acknowledge practitioners who have contributed to the development of their art form and inspired the students of RSL qualifications to achieve their best, whilst promoting good practice within the music education sector itself.


Billy Cobham

Before being awarded his Honorary Fellowship, Billy Cobham worked closely as an advisor for RSL, with the mutual aim to inspire music lovers looking to develop their musical talent through education. The collaboration came at a perfect time. With RSL’s brand new GDB syllabus (Guitar, Bass & Drums) in development, Billy helped to influence a brand-new wave of musicians all over again by allowing us to record his groundbreaking composition “Red Baron” for our Grade Drum 8 release. Billy even joined the Rockschool Band during their recording sessions at Real World Studios (Bath) for the track.

Billy Cobham receiving his award from RSL’s John Simpson (CEO) and Norton York (Founder)


Randy Brecker

The event also saw us recongnise the irrepressible, Randy Brecker. The world renowned Brecker Brothers’ (formed with his brother Michael) eponymous first record, which Randy wrote, arranged and produced, featured his now classic composition “Some Skunk Funk”, which also appears on the Rockschool Drums Grade 8 material, released in September 2018. Randy’s innumerable accomplishments continued well into present-day and as a composer, performer and in-demand clinician, Brecker continues to influence and inspire young musicians around the world.

John and Norton at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s with Randy Brecker


“To be able to welcome not one, but two incredibly influential musical figures into the RSL family is very exciting. To do so in front of a packed house at the legendary Ronnie Scott’s – incredible! Huge thanks to both Billy and Randy for making it an evening to remember, and for continuing to inspire the next generation of musicians around the world.”

John Simpson, CEO (RSL Awards)

You can find “Some Skunk Funk” by the Brecker Brothers and “Red Baron” by Billy Cobham in our latest Grade 8 Drums material (click on the book for info!)

Thanks to Billy, Randy and all the people at Ronnie Scott’s – what a night!

The RSL Team

RSL at the Music and Drama Education Expo 2019

March 13th, 2019 by

 Music and Drama Education Expo 2019

We had a fantastic time exhibiting at the Music and Drama Education Expo on the 6th and 7th March 2019! Some of the RSL team had the chance to share their extensive knowledge and experience as well as engage with teachers, students and others from the music and drama education industry.

Street Dance Warm Up!

The morning started with a Street Dance warm up session with RSL’s Head of Business Development, Patrick Healy and  choreographer and RSL Dance and Musical Theatre examiner Holly Frances Williams. Holly is a credited dancer and business owner having worked with high profile celebrities and world renowned choreographers such as Michael Jackson, Chris Brown, LaVelle Smith Jr , Darrin Henson, Peter Andre and Adam Garcia.

Delegates and fellow exhibitors enjoyed this beneficial session and learnt some useful techniques which are designed to improve performances as well as mentally and physically preparing  dancers and reducing chances of injury.  

Did you catch us our Instagram stories? 

Being Europe’s largest conference and exhibition RSL decided to share highlights of the Music and Drama Expo experience through Instagram stories! It was a great time to engage with some of the delegates and answer all their questions. Ensure to follow us on Instagram to view our stories and highlights of future events!

Competition at the Expo!


We ran a Music Production Competition at the Expo where delegates had the chance of winning a private session with a professional Music Producer where you will explore the various steps involved in making music and the process of  music producing!

We would like to thank everyone who visited the RSL stand and took the opportunity to enter the competition at the Music and Drama Education Expo; We met some very great and talented people! Winner will be contacted shortly by the RSL team.

See you next year!

RSL @ Music and Drama Education Expo 2019

February 19th, 2019 by

We’re looking forward to exhibiting at this years Music and Drama Education Expo 2019, Europe’s largest conference and exhibition for anyone involved in music & drama education! See below for full details on our programme.

Day 1


Street Dance warm up with RSL’s Head of Business Development Patrick Healy and choreographer Holly Francis Williams.

  • THE SPACE
  • 6TH MAR 2019
  • 09.30-10.00

An introduction to Street Dance and how it can be incorporated  into your school/college in order to grow and diversify your performing arts provision, create happier healthier students and improve exam results.

[KS1, KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5]

Delegates will:

  • Gain insight into why using popular dance will refresh the Performing Arts sector

  • Discover how to inspire students to help them achieve their academic goals, and explore ways to improve accessibility and diversity in the school

  • Discover ways in which dance can be featured in or integrated into the curriculum

  • Develop ideas for starting a Street Dance class at school/college

Don’t Miss…RSL’s PAA Competition!

Delegates have the chance to win to be part of a promotional video for our Performance Arts Awards syllabus!

Day 2

UK Education Strategy Manager, Dan Francis will be discussing; Developing the 21st Century Musician: Approaches to RSL exams in Music Production and the Contemporary Musician.

  • Contemporary Music and Tech Studio
  • 7 MAR 2019
  • 10.30-11.15

In this practical session, delegates will take specific pieces from the RSL Graded Music Exams, including the new Music Production exams and explore how they can be used to complement and develop the musical learning that takes place within the music curriculum from KS2-5.

[KS2, KS3, KS4, KS5]

Delegates will:

  • Develop an understanding of how to use a musical rehearsal to develop students’ conceptual understanding
  • Expand their knowledge on how to develop music production skills within a large and small group
  • Gain an understanding of the musical skills that can be developed through practical music-making, which is transferable across all musical genres and instruments
  • Gain insight into how to develop an effective co-curricular music programme where music outside the classroom supports music inside the classroom and vice versa

 

RSL Music Production Competition!

 

Delegates will have the chance to win a private session with a professional Music Producer where you will explore the various steps involved in making music and the process of  music producing! 

We look forward to seeing you there!

The Young Songwriter Competition 2019

February 1st, 2019 by

Get your original songs heard. Get connected with Song Academy.

Now in its 8th year, The Young Songwriter competition is the leading competition for young songwriters aged 8-18, providing an avenue to get their songs heard by the music industry and uniting young songwriters across the world.

This year’s star judges include songwriters/producers Tom Odell, Imelda May, Chris Difford, Eg White, Emily Phillips, Rumer, Dan Gillespie, Miranda Cooper, Lyn Goddard, and Nicky Cox.

Rockschool are sponsoring this year’s event (alongside PRS for Music, Focusrite, YouTube Music, Dawsons, Casio and ICMP!) so if you’re one of our VQ delivery centres you can enter your students for free! Simply drop us a message to receive a code that needs to be quoted on your student’s entries…

“When I was 13 years old I started writing songs, and over the following years I became more and more obsessed with it. But the thing that always kept me awake at night was how to get them out there for people to hear them. This is why I think the Song Academy Young Songwriter competition is a great way to inspire and help through this process, and its something I wish had been around when I was starting out. I can’t wait to hear the songs!” Tom Odell, Singer Songwriter.

2019 prizes include:

  • A half day recording session with the top producer Paul Stanborough in London
  • Professional music video and photos from recording session
  • Complete home studio set up, including 2 x KRK RP4 Studio Monitors & Focusrite A 2i2 Studio Pack (interface, headphones and microphone)
  • Casio Music’s CT-x5000 portable keyboard
  • sE Electronics X1S Studio Bundle
  • Signed Tom Odell ‘Jubilee Road’ Album
  • Signed copy of Carole King‘s book ’A Natural Woman’
  • The winner & selected finalists will perform at our Young Songwriter 2019 showcase in London

“Young songwriters are the future of music. A great song will always stand the test of time far beyond our years. I think this competition is important because every songwriter I’ve worked with was always waiting to be discovered.” Naughty Boy, Producer & Songwriter

For full competition details and terms & conditions, please head to the Song Academy Website…

Abbey Road Competition!

December 19th, 2018 by

Imagine recording at Abbey Road Studios…

We’re announcing an epic competition that could give you that very opportunity!

One lucky winner will get the chance to; visit World famous Abbey Road Studios, tour Studio 2 and record an RSL debut arrangement of John Lennon’s Imagine (which may feature on our brand-new Piano and Keyboards syllabus!).

To enter, simply:

  • Share a video performance of you playing one of your favourite Rockschool Piano & Keys pieces on social media (Instagram / Facebook / Twitter)
  • Tag @RSLAwards
  • Use #RSLabbeyroad
  • Be aged between 8-16
  • Live in the UK

We can’t wait to see your entries come in over the Festive period. Closing deadline for this competition is Monday, 7th January 2019 at 9am.

Please make sure you can:

  • Be able to learn part of / complete RSL Debut piano performance piece in just over a week!
  • Be free on Sunday 13th January 2019
  • Be able to travel to London (reasonable travel expenses covered for competition winner +1)

Terms & Conditions Apply

1. By entering your details you are agreeing to our mailing terms, privacy and policy and terms of service.

2. The promoter is RSL (Rockschool Ltd).

3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

4. To enter the competition you will need to :

  • Share a video performance of one of your favourite Rockschool pieces on social media
  • Tag @RSLAwards
  • Use #rslabbeyroad
  • Be aged between 8-16
  • Live in the UK
  • Be able to learn an RSL Debut piano performance piece in just over a week!
  • Be free on Sunday 13th January 2019
  • Be able to travel to London (reasonable travel expenses covered for competition winner +1)

The route to entry for the competition is via the RSL website, RSL social media, and RSL Newsletters by completing details requested here on the competition page.

5. Closing date for entry will be Wednesday 2nd January at 5pm. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.

6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

7. The prize for the winner are as follows:

  • Visit World famous Abbey Road Studios
  • Tour Studio 2
  • Record an RSL debut arrangement of John Lennon’s Imagine.
  • Your recording could feature on the new Piano and Keyboards syllabus!

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable.

11. The winner will be notified by email / social media within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

12. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

16. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any other business or Social Network. You are providing your information to RSL, Rockschool Ltd and not to any other party.

17. UK entries only.

BBC Music Introducing Live 2018

November 2nd, 2018 by

BBC Music Introducing Live – Tobacco Dock, London. 8-10th November 2018…

We’re very excited to be attending the BBC Music Introducing Live event next week. The event has been set up to inspire the next generation of creative industries professionals – an aspiration very much inline with RSL’s ethos.

Come and see us in the North Vault, Stand E19. You’ll be able to look through and buy a copy of our new Guitar, Bass & Drums 2018 syllabus, learn more about the new Music Production Coursework Edition and other syllabuses currently in development, as well as gaining information on how to join our teacher registry. Get there early enough and we’ll even have some giveaways!

So, if you’re an aspiring artist looking for a career in music or an industry executive looking to broaden your professional portfolio, make sure you grab your tickets to BBC Music Introducing Live and come find us on Stand E19.

FIND OUT MORE…

Absolute Music Celebrates 15th Birthday

October 10th, 2018 by

We’re heading down to Bournemouth to celebrate with the team at Absolute Music as they mark their 15th anniversary.

Our Grade books have long been on the shelves at Absolute Music, so we’re really looking forward to meeting everyone associated with the store; from customers, suppliers and brands alike.

If you’re free on October 13th, we’d like to see you there so we can chat you through our new Guitar, Bass and Drums syllabus, as well as our future development plans for the new Music Production – Coursework Edition and Piano & Keys syllabuses.

READ MORE HERE…