Category: Graded Music Exams

Practise with Purpose | Forming New Habits

January 14th, 2021 by

As 2021 kicks off, we’ll be focusing on how to successfully make practising a habit so you can make some serious progress on your instrument this year.

How to Start a New Habit

Expecting drastic changes overnight is not a practical, long-term approach to improving as a musician. No matter how good your intentions are, it is highly unlikely that your new habits will stick if you set yourself unrealistic goals. You are much more likely to succeed if you introduce a new habit slowly and build it into your daily routine gradually over a longer period of time. This goes for any new skill, whether you’re learning a language, committing to regular exercise, or making time to read a book. Practising music is no exception!

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10,000 Hours?

A popular theory is described in Malcolm Gladwell’s book, Outliers, where he claims that if you spend 10,000 hours working on a skill then you will master it and become an expert. There are certainly examples of many famous musicians practising for crazy amounts of time: Charlie Parker, a jazz colossus widely regarded as the best saxophonist ever, reportedly practised for 11-15 hours a day over a 3-4 year period. More recently, Beyoncé spent 11 hours a day rehearsing for her knockout 2018 headline set at Coachella.

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Practise With Purpose! Gradually build new habits into your daily routine.

Don’t worry – you won’t have to put in quite that much time to prepare for a Rockschool exam! Something closer to 20 or 30 minutes a day to get in the habit of practising well should do the trick to start off with. It is much more important to focus for shorter, regular sessions rather than the mammoth amounts of time mentioned above, particularly when you are starting out.

Even if you are a pro at the top of your game, between two and four hours of practice a day is about the maximum time worth doing – it will be very hard to play for any longer than that without losing concentration and slipping into unproductive work.

Baby Steps, Not Giant Steps

If you work out some small but achievable goals that prompt you to make progress by the end of your session and fulfil them, then you should be able to tell yourself (or anyone!) how you have become a better musician by the end of the session. These small, incremental improvements you make each day will quickly add up and your musical ability will start to rocket!

Rockschool’s Practise with Purpose Diary allows you to note down what you’ve been working on in specific boxes designated to Technical Exercises and Supporting Tests as well as a separate one for Performance Pieces. If you can clearly write down what your achievements were for each session then you will be on the right track.

If you’re struggling to think of what you actually achieved or, conversely, you find your notes overflowing from the box, then you might need to rethink and put a more efficient practice routine into place. When you’re immersed in something, it can be hard to take a step back and approach it objectively. Speak to your teacher about what you might need to work on in-between lessons, or find a musical friend or family member and ask them for pointers to see how you can improve next.

Anticipate Obstacles and Take Breaks!

Try not to be too hard on yourself! If you find yourself struggling with a particular part, leave it for the day and come back to it tomorrow. Strengthening weaker material is obviously key to improvement, but sometimes it’s best to be kind to yourself and come back to it another day.

We’re all human, and sometimes we overestimate how much time we’ll have to complete something – we might become ill, or other commitments simply take longer than expected and get in the way of the time we diligently set aside to practise.

This is okay! You can always make up the time another day, and you should definitely schedule in the occasional day away from your instrument. Breaks can be hugely beneficial and allow you to return with a refreshed approach another day.


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RSL Classical Piano – Virtual RSL On Tour Webinars Playback

December 8th, 2020 by

Welcome to the playback of our recent Virtual RSL On Tour webinars diving into the world of RSL Classical Piano!

Led by RSL Awards’ very own Dan Francis, our team of experts hosted webinars exploring the brand new RSL Classical Piano syllabus. These three sessions were designed for you to understand the academic rigour at each level of qualification, the rationale behind the syllabus, a breakdown of what students will need to do at each grade and sample some of the repertoire included.

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Across the graded syllabus, students and teachers will find a huge range of repertoire that makes RSL Classical Piano a truly engaging experience for all. Carefully graded to foster and support progression, RSL Classical Piano includes an exceptional selection of pieces from a diverse roster of male and female composers including some of the most cherished and admired pieces from the Classical repertoire, alongside minimalism, impressionism, jazz, and film scores.

We’re proud to have developed such a representative classical syllabus, featuring the likes of; Debussy, Clara Schumann, Alexis Ffrench, JS Bach, Elfrida Andrée, Isaac Albéniz, Mozart, Florence Price, John Williams, Zenobia Powell-Perry, Germaine Tailleferre, Chopin, Beethoven and many more

RSL Classical Piano Debut – Grade 3 (Entry Level & Level 1)

RSL Classical Piano Grades 4 – 5 (Level 2)

RSL Classical Piano Grades 6 – 8 (Level 3)

RSL Classical Piano – Syllabus Specification

RSL Classical Piano – Repertoire List

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Artists in Focus | Coldplay

December 1st, 2020 by

In 1996, four young rockers wrote a collection of songs that would eventually sell over 100 million copies. The super-fans out there may recognise the band names Pectoralz and Starfish, but these days just about everyone will recognise the name Coldplay!

Written In The Stars

It was a song called “Yellow” in the year 2000 that really shot Coldplay to international fame and success. The song, from their debut album Parachutes, peaked at number 4 in the UK charts and was their first song to be received with critical acclaim all over the world. “Yellow” remains one of their most popular songs to this day, hence why it had to be included in the Rockschool Debut Drums syllabus.

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“Yellow” was actually born in a studio in South Wales where the band were recording Parachutes. After a long day, they took a break and went outside. According to co-producer Ken Nelson, the night sky was looking incredible. He told the others to “Look at the stars…” and the rest is history.

Perhaps the success of Coldplay was actually written in the stars. In a video recorded on the 26th June 1998, Chris Martin delivers a warning to the cameraman that in 4 years’ time, “by the 26th June 2002”, Coldplay will be known all over the world. In an almost spooky synchronicity, exactly 4 years and 3 days later, Coldplay were headlining the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival – a spot reserved only for the best in the business.

Everyday Hard Work

Things certainly did not stop after that night on the Pyramid Stage. A Rush of Blood to the Head was released in 2002 and was immediately received with praise. Then followed X&Y which was the best-selling album worldwide of 2005, and Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends which was the best-selling of 2008 (that one won a few Grammy’s too, by the way). Since then we’ve also had Mylo Xyloto (2011), Ghost Stories (2014), A Head Full of Dreams (2015) and Everyday Life (2019). It’s safe to say that this band have been BUSY.

The band’s latest album, Everyday Life, was certainly no ordinary release. The album is split into two parts named Sunrise and Sunset. On the day of its release, Coldplay live streamed the first performance from the Amman Citadel in Jordan, both at sunrise and sunset respectively, followed by a performance from the Natural History Museum in London. Two iconic spaces that could only be reserved for a band with such chart-topping wonders.

With live streamed gigs, and lyrics that talk of longing to be back with our friends, one can’t help but think that Coldplay traversed time to predict the events of 2020. Back in March we saw frontman Chris Martin perform the #TogetherAtHome concert from his living room, powered by Global Citizen and the WHO, and with tens of thousands of fans tuning in you can imagine that he was not short of requests!

If you enjoyed the Artists in Focus blog this week, check out some other recent additions like pop-queen Ariana Grande and guitar man Ed Sheeran.

RSL Learning Platform – RSL Awards Launches Brand New App

November 5th, 2020 by

RSL Awards launch the RSL Learning Platform – the app that will transform your music teaching!

RSL Awards has developed a brand new online platform for teachers to revolutionise the way they work. Powered by MatchMySound’s automatic feedback technology, the RSL Learning Platform allows teachers across the globe to assign tasks to their students, giving learners increased focus and more precise feedback.

On signing up to RSL’s free Teacher Registry, teachers gain access to the RSL Learning Platform which includes a wealth of scores for use in RSL Awards exam as well as an abundance of features designed to make teaching more effective. The RSL Learning Platform allows teachers to pinpoint exact areas where students can improve, creating a more cohesive and personalised experience for teacher and student alike.

Join our Learning Platform webinars to find out more about the app, how you can implement it into your teaching offering and to see why your students will love it! Click here to jump down to the sign up form at the bottom of this page…

The Learning Platform gives teachers and subscribing students complete access to a huge library of RSL Awards’ grade book materials. Performance pieces and their accompanying backing tracks, technical exercises, sight reading / improvisation, and supporting tests currently available include Debut – Grade 8 in Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Drums, Piano and Ukulele.

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The RSL Learning Platform is equipped with Zoom integration, meaning teachers can host 1-to-1 and group video lessons via the app and upload their content to provide students with examples, demonstrations, and tutorials ahead of live teaching. Teachers can create progress reports to clarify goals for students and communicate progress to parents, meaning peripatetic teachers, classroom teachers, and music education centres can all benefit in equal measure.

For students, the RSL Learning Platform enhances the creativity and curiosity that lies at the core of musical education. Personalised goals and exemplar recordings keep students motivated as they improve every time they open the app. Their practice sessions take on renewed focus with software that allows harder bars to be slowed and repeated until they are ready to play along with backing tracks.

Much has changed over the past few months, but the principles of teaching music remain constant. Technology will never replace a skilled teacher, yet it can do so much to aid the learning process for the students who are becoming the next generation of musicians.

Teachers can gain access to all of these fantastic benefits for free by simply creating a profile on RSL’s Teacher Registry, a service that helps teachers advertise their skills to students worldwide. The RSL Teacher Registry’s importance has grown even more in the past few months, and is so crucial with the ever-increasing demand for video lessons in place of, or to supplement, lessons in person.

Early 2021 will see RSL Awards expand the repertoire available through The RSL Learning Platform to include all graded instruments.

The RSL Learning Platform has been designed to work using Google Chrome on any personal computer as well as on bespoke apps for iOS and Android. The RSL Learning Platform will work on any size or configuration of smartphone / tablet device.

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    London College of Creative Media Becomes Official RSL Awards Exam Centre!

    October 13th, 2020 by

    RSL Awards are delighted to welcome London College of Creative Media (LCCM) to our roster of official exam centres.

    LCCM’s status as an official exam centre will enable young people to obtain internationally recognised contemporary music qualifications by taking their exams within its facilities in Southwark. LCCM’s Music Box campus features performance spaces and studios, perfectly suited to hosting exam grading sessions.

    RSL has a network of over 1000 institutions around the world. Dr Simon Jones, Principal at LCCM, said:

    “It is a great honour for us to join this exclusive group, dedicated to helping aspiring musicians gain their sought-after qualifications. Hosting these exams allows us to be part of a wider community of people passionate about music, allowing LCCM to support young musicians in London. We believe that our students will also benefit from this partnership, having the opportunity to approach a different reality of music education.”

    LCCM hosted the first trial day on Wednesday 30 September, receiving positive feedback from both examiners and candidates. “It was a great experience for us, and a great learning opportunity. We look forward to having more exam days with RSL in the future,” added Dr Jones.

    About London College of Creative Media (LCCM)

    London College of Creative Media (LCCM) – formerly London Centre of Contemporary Music – was founded in 2002 as a music college. Its aim is to establish a new approach to teaching music that mixes an art school environment with the best of music conservatoires and universities.

    LCCM has pioneered an educational model where music students have to master both performance and production – a combination that remains vital for most professionals today. With its degrees developed and delivered by leading industry professionals, LCCM’s innovative approach to specialist education prepares students for industry and employment from the moment they start at LCCM.

    In the National Student Survey 2020 ranked top amongst contemporary music institutions with an overall student satisfaction score of 86.5%.

    For more information about LCCM visit their website here…

    About RSL Awards

    In 1991, under the direction of founder Norton York, Rockschool created a unique set of products for a brand-new marketplace: recognised, graded qualifications for contemporary musicians. The traditional instruments performing in a rock band were included in the original graded examinations, Electric guitar, Bass guitar and Drums. After the initial success with these instruments, the company has developed syllabi in Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Keyboards, Ukulele, Contemporary Music Theory and the world’s first Music Production syllabus.

    Over recent years the company, based in West London, has developed a full suite of Vocational Qualifications for the creative industries, which are delivered in over 500 schools and colleges, principally in the UK. These sit alongside a program of contemporary dance qualifications (PAA), covering three distinct disciplines: musical theatre, jazz and street dance and a new suite of first to market Creative Qualifications in Vlogging and Podcasting.

    RSL qualifications are recognised and regulated at the highest level by Ofqual, SFA, CCEA, Qualifications Wales and the Department for Education, with successful level 3 (Grades 6–8) exams being awarded UCAS points, bolstering university applications.

    The Rockschool Method: Technical Exercises

    October 3rd, 2020 by

    With a firm focus on cohesion and consistency at the forefront of any release, the Rockschool Method is a musical pedagogy that we hope contributes to the production of confident, self-sufficient musicians; empowered with the knowledge and ability to see their musical decisions blossom into authentic musical expression.

    This week we’re going to take a thorough look at the Technical Exercises for Rockschool’s graded music exams.

    Depending on your instrument, grade and skill level, the demands on each burgeoning musician in this part of the performance will vary a fair bit, so we’re not going to focus on each discipline individually here. What this section seeks to develop can however be seen in more universal terms that every learner can relate to.

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    Whether you’re staying balanced across your drum voicings, managing airflow as a vocalist, or developing consistent string skipping on your guitar or bass; every technique requires the physical coordination that comes from – and only after – hour and hours of practise.

    More specifically, we’re looking for the development of:

    • Good playing habits
    • Economy of movement
    • Effective playing mechanics
    • Consistency in delivery

    Only when the brain can slow the whole process down can muscle memory take over, allowing your musical intuition to truly take hold. It may seem a tedious and somewhat banal activity at the time, but remember: every instance of your favourite musical moments contains within them a multitude of individual techniques that have been repeated, ad nauseum, until perfected. The time will eventually come when you can fluidly transfer from one technique to the next and you’ll realise that it was all worth it – we promise!

    Example 1

    Example 1 can be evidenced very clearly in the lower drum grades – so that’s what we’ll use for this exercise. This is where the technical exercises begin with simple and achievable drills, such as – in this instance – single strokes, double strokes and single paradiddles. These are specifically designed to provide a foundation that all music students can stack every new skill upon thereafter. Evidence of their practical worth are then deliberately included in the performance pieces included at that grade.

    Practise. Perfect. Perform. Makes sense, right?

    Now the platform is sturdy, we can start technique-loading grade-by-grade, with both fluency and range our primary concerns as these techniques progress.

    1. Fluency

    Whether it’s specifically targeting fretting, sticking patterns or intervallic vocal placement; we’re looking for the appropriate level of precision and fluidity assigned to the exercises included at your chosen grade.

    2. Range

    Whether it’s your vocal range, fretboard/keyboard geography or wider use of drum kit orchestration – being able to display the widest range of expression at each stage of your development puts you in the best position to make musical decisions later.

    Example 2

    Using the electric guitar this time, the Technical Exercises that progress throughout the grades will focus primarily on: fretboard navigation and harmonic difficulty. Debut includes very simple open string major scale shapes; and by Grade 6, the exercises are spanning multiple positions, furthering each players economy of movement and general fretboard knowledge.

    More specifically, we’re looking for development in these core skills:

    • Increased sense of rhythm and time
    • Hand/finger placement
    • Stamina
    • Musical articulation
    • Performance speed

    What we’re talking about here, is a gradual increase of expressive devices that collectively enable each player to attain a true sense of their musical agency. Whether that’s achieved in tone modification, ornamentation, or articulation; each technique can be applied to any specific style a player chooses to identify with.

    Example 3

    This example identifies the small articulations that unify the stylistic intentions within a performance. From grade 3 through to the higher grades, the technical devices learned are directly applied with creativity in mind, for example, Rockschool Guitar Bass and Drums contain an increasing number of bars left open for candidates to further develop a theme, ad lib, or solo as they see fit.

    If all of the Technical Exercises introduced up to that point have been effectively explored, the practical application of rhythmic, harmonic and expressive devices/techniques should then be soundly presented by the learner. At this stage, you’ve begun developing your own sound by personalising each of your performances – whether building on existing themes or creating brand-new motifs – and becoming a confident, self-sufficient musician.

    With each of our instrument specific exercises we’re looking to present:

    • A variety of musical contexts
    • A variety of tempos (graduating in complexity)
    • Backing tracks that target:
      • Time
      • Harmonics
      • Melody
      • Stylistic references

    Example 4

    Guitar, Bass and Drums begin by introducing simple riffs and fills to a backing track. By grades 6 to 8 (level 3), this has advanced to more genre-specific content. As you’ll see from the example, at Drums Grade 6 there are three Stylistic Studies to choose from. One of the three options is ‘Funk’, which at this grade focuses on snare drum ghost notes and quick open/closed hi-hats amongst other finer articulations.

    Example 5

    For our Piano and Keys grade (Debut – Grade 8) we explore this a little differently, by focusing on each learners’ ability to improvise and interpret material. This was developed as an alternative specialisation to the sight-reading test, for those who’d prefer to showcase that side of their musicianship instead.

    How do we do this?

    • Stipulating a range of starting notes to suit individuals
    • Memory requirements for each instrument to enhance fluency and depth of insight
    • Measuring speed of response in the absence of given tempos
    • Recognising and crediting musicality shown within given opportunity

    … And there we have it! We really hope this article provided some clarity for those of you looking to understand this section of the exam a little more. There’s certainly room to explore other examples within each grade and instrument, so watch this space for a further developed version soon!


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    6 Tips for Music Exam Practice

    September 23rd, 2020 by

    It rarely gets said that whilst you should be practising for your upcoming music exam, you should do it in a way that is productive and good for your own mental and physical health.

    We know how it is – practice can be tedious and sometimes it feels like it can take over your life in the weeks approaching your exam. However, we have some great news for you: it doesn’t need to be this way!

    We have come up with some tips on how to make the most out of your practice sessions. Yes, we’re talking turning those 5-hour performance procrastinations into a 2-hour productive practice. We’re talking exercise breaks, short sessions, small goals, and stopping for snacks (this being most important, of course) – oh, and listening to LOADS of music. Who doesn’t want that?! You can make your practice sessions work best for you and come out with that result that you’ve always dreamed of!

    Number One – Good Preparation

    It probably goes without saying that in order to feel confident for your exam you must be well prepared. We all have different methods that work for us but, however you do it, getting that practice in is very important. It can be hard finding the motivation to practise, or the inspiration to pick up those drum sticks, that guitar, or put your fingers on those keys. One of our top tips is to set a timer on your phone. Short and sweet – maybe 30 minutes if you can manage it! After 30 minutes of uninterrupted focus, take a short break to make a cup of tea, walk round the block, or whatever takes your fancy. You’ll be amazed by how setting the timer really makes you commit to your practise. You might even want to go on for longer – crazy!

    Number Two – Positive Mindset

    You may be thinking, “well, that’s easier said than done!”, and you’d be right of course! However, it’s really important to view your playing, practising and performing in a positive light when you can. A great tip that we were once told was to keep a little journal where you can write down some of the positive things you have achieved in that day. Maybe you nailed your nemesis-scale, or perhaps you smashed the first half of the piece or finally played that rhythm correctly. Whatever it is, if you can focus on the things you’ve achieved, exam prep can feel a lot less overwhelming.

    Number Three – Take Regular Breaks

    Yes, you heard that right. This is your permission slip to stop practising! Bet you didn’t expect to hear that?! We’ve all been there, where we’ve locked ourselves away for 10 hours, with the aim of doing nothing but practise, practise, practise. We may have done great for the first hour, but for the last nine hours we’ve procrastinated and not made much further progress! This is why taking regular breaks is so imperative. Stepping away from the practice space will refresh the mind and reduce stress. Just like you might set a timer for your practise, set a timer for breaks too. That way, you won’t cut them short (or take just another five minutes, am I right?).

    Number Four – Set Small, Achievable Goals

    If we look at exam prep as one big task, it feels HUGE. Even learning one piece can seem like a beast if we don’t break it down into smaller parts. Setting large goals like this can also just set ourselves up for failure if we cannot achieve them, which is why setting small goals that are achievable is the way to go! For example, aiming to learn the first four bars is much more manageable, and you are far more likely to succeed and feel positive about your progress. In your next practice session, you can learn the next four and before you know it, the piece is complete!

    Number Five – Maintaining Your Physical Health

    Generally, practising for an exam requires a lot of sitting down, but whilst it is lovely to get comfortable and play your instrument, we still need to get up and move around every once in a while. You definitely don’t need us to tell you that even going for a walk can sharpen your brain, boost your mood and bolster your memory. Now who doesn’t need more of those things to improve your confidence before an exam?!

    Number Six – Listen!

    It sounds simple, but listening to the music you’re practising can really bring it to life. We can get very easily bogged down with notes and rhythms and finger patterns and lose sight of the bigger picture. Listening to the song you’re learning will remind you that the smaller sections are part of a whole.

    We hope these tips might help you push through some tough practice-blocks, find the motivation to start (and carry on!), or even change some of your current practices to become healthier and more productive. Do let us know how you’re getting on, and if there’s anything we can do to help!

    If you haven’t already, download our free Six Steps to Success guide for more tips like this, to get you ready for your winter exam.

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    And do not forget, if you haven’t entered already, you only have until the 30th October, so get in there quick!

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    Rockschool’s winter exam season – accepting entries now!

    September 3rd, 2020 by

    You’re in great hands with Rockschool.

    It is fair to say that 2020 has been a year like no other! We’re delighted to bring you back a sense of normality with Rockschool’s winter face-to-face graded music exam period going ahead as planned. Of course, the safety of our examiners, candidates, staff and parents is still our number one priority, so our thorough safety protocols and procedures are here to stay.

    This years’ winter exams will be taking place between the 1st November and 18th December, so wrap up your months of lockdown practise by earning your next Rockschool grade!

    Rockschool winter exam dates 2020 for your diary:

    • Exam Entry Deadline: 30th October 2020
    • Exam Period: 1st November – 18th December 2020

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    Which exam type is best for you?

    Face-to-face Exams

    Do not fear, our face-to-face exams are here! All Rockschool face-to-face exams are subject to strict safety guidelines, so you can enter for your exam with the confidence that your safety is our number one priority.

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    Recorded Video Exams

    Rockschool’s digital exam solution! If you’d prefer to stay at home this winter – whether that be for health reasons or hot-chocolate-in-front-of-the-fire reasons (we support this) – you can still achieve your goals from wherever you are. Living room, bedroom, igloo…

    Both the Performance Certificate (available at all grades) or Graded Certificate (available at Debut – Grade 5) can be examined as a video exam. More about that below!

    LEARN MORE ABOUT ROCKSCHOOL’S VIDEO EXAMS

    For more information about our Live Video Exams, please email info@rslawards.com

    Free Choice Piece Expansion

    We are still accepting music from other recognised exam boards so you can get the grade that you deserve. Music in genres other than popular music, including classical, which is set for exams of other recognised boards will be automatically accepted as free choice pieces for the equivalent grade (applicable for Piano, Keyboard, Vocals and Acoustic Guitar). These performance pieces will be assessed in the same way as our own repertoire using the published RSL Awards assessment criteria, thus maintaining our high academic standards.

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    How to book your Rockschool exam…

    Our online exam entry process is extremely simple. Whether you are taking an exam face-to-face or via video, you just need to fill out the online booking form which you can find here…

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    Simply log in (or make an account if you haven’t already!), and follow the step-by-step process, filling in the details about which exam you would like to take. Once you’ve submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email from RSL Awards.

    Once the confirmation is received, you can sit back and relax (and practise!). We will be in contact with you about your face-to-face exam date, or your deadline date for video submission, in due course. We give a minimum of two weeks’ notice before a face-to-face exam but always aim for 4 wherever possible. An email notification will be sent to the address on the account which made the online entry.

    For more information on the Rockschool exam process, please head over to our FAQs page…

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    Rockschool qualifications: Tailor-made for the contemporary musician

    August 20th, 2020 by

    Rockschool qualifications: Tailor-made for the contemporary musician.

    Ranging from introductory grades all the way up to university-level of study, Rockschool’s music qualifications ensure hard work is rewarded regardless of age or musical ability.

    We pride ourselves on delivering the most academically rigorous and industry relevant qualifications, designed to support all aspiring musicians, performers, educators and teaching establishments – wherever they may be.


    Click here to jump to the contact form and we’ll get in touch with you directly to discuss how you can implement Rockschool to complement and enhance your current curriculum offering.


    Grade Exams

    With grade exams now available in ten different disciplines, we ensure each syllabus is developed with the care, skill and expertise to ensure that every addition is creative, innovative and industry relevant; with the objective to provide access to music education for the many, not the few.

    Graded exams available in:

    Rockschool Grade Books

    Career Progression

    Rockschool provides a range of complementary and alternative qualifications which can be taught within and alongside your curriculum, providing excellent and flexible progression routes into the Creative Industries worth over £11bn.

    UCAS Points

    Develop your students’ musical skills and understanding to support Key Stage 3, GCSE and VQ learning, with Rockschool Grades 6–8 carrying up to 30 UCAS Points.

    Social Distanced Learning



    Our Music Production (Grades 1 – 8) and Popular Music Theory qualifications (Debut – Grade 8) are designed to enable both independent and group learning, and can be taught in compliance with social distancing guidelines. These are an excellent way to enable musical learning in both the specialist and non-specialist classroom.

    Popular Music Theory

    The Rockschool Popular Music Theory syllabus runs from Debut to Grade 8 and covers topics which will help your students develop both their theoretical and practical knowledge of music.

    In addition to score reading; scales; chords and rhythm; the syllabus also covers performance directions; improvisation; band knowledge and analysis which makes it an excellent course to support your music curriculum at all levels.

    The syllabus functions as a fantastic complementary qualification, carries UCAS Points at Grades 6 – 8 and can be taught in a Covid-safe environment to individuals and groups. The essential guides provide you with all the information you need and are supported by student workbooks at each grade, all leading towards an exam which students can take at school or from the comfort of their own home.

    Music Production

    The Rockschool Music Production syllabus runs from Debut to Grade 8 and develops students’ practical and theoretical understanding of music and music production techniques. With a creative composition task making up 60% of the course, students can work at a level appropriate to them and complete the work in their own time or as part of a structured programme of learning. The remaining 40% is focussed on developing students’ musical listening skills and understanding of pop music styles and the technology used in its production.

    This makes the Music Production syllabus an ideal qualification to embed into your curriculum or to deliver as part of an extra-curricular or instrumental tuition programme.


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