Category: music production

Music Production – Coursework Edition Webinar

October 30th, 2018 by

Music Production – Coursework Edition walkthrough…

We’re going live on Tuesday 20th November at 15:45 to introduce the new RSL Music Production – Coursework Edition syllabus.

In this webinar, you will be given an overview of the qualification, the assessment criteria and exam process and ways in which it can be delivered both in formal and informal learning environments. Running from Grade 1 – 8, the syllabus has been designed to suit all learners looking to develop their music production skills and has been designed to run as a standalone qualification for individuals and groups as well as supporting and complementing other curriculum-based qualifications. Simply fill out the form below to sign-up to our webinar.

Music Production – Coursework Edition Out Now!

October 22nd, 2018 by

Our Music Production syllabus has just been remixed!

Rockschool Music Production – Coursework Edition builds on our World’s first Music Production graded syllabus. The new syllabus makes studying production more accessible than ever allowing students to use the music production software (DAW) of their choice, whilst developing a wealth of technical, practical and theoretical knowledge they can apply to real-world scenarios.

Here’s what’s new…

  • The new exam can be undertaken at ANY invigilated exam centre at ANY time during the allotted examination periods.
  • Candidates can work on ANY music production software (DAW).
  • The practical element of the Grade is to be completed in the candidates own time.
  • Candidates can take the new exam on their own laptop / tablet.
  • New shorter exams.


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The new edition of the syllabus replaces the practical exam elements of the exam with updated coursework tasks to be uploaded during the exam. The coursework task can be completed on a music production software (DAW) of the candidates choice. There are some additional questions that candidates will respond to through qualitative questions about the coursework during the exam to identify to the marker that the coursework was undertaken by the candidate.

The new syllabus is available to download over on our shop now.


The physical version will be available from November 19th…

The existing syllabus will be retained until the end of 2019 to offer a chance for candidates to undertake the exams.

Music Production Exams – The Summer is Here

May 29th, 2018 by

Music Production – Summer Exams 2018

The popularity and influence of Music Production continues to rise, which is being mirrored by its rapid growth in music education. With more and more institutions now introducing it in their teaching, students are being given the opportunity to learn the key skills associated with contemporary music production. Despite this positive start, it is still very early days; with many learners left wanting when it comes to enhancing their creativity based on their own musical tastes. Exposing the next generation of artists to the skills that will give them a great advantage later in their musical development is vital to RSL, are our Music Production release serves to provide a relevant syllabus for today’s learners.

If you are looking to enter into a career in music production, having a well developed knowledge of industry fundamentals will aid the development of confidence, as well as the necessary skill-sets.  A career in music production is not only exciting but it can open numerous doors, whether it the world of music, television, theatre, film or gaming.

Based on this, it was extremely important that RSL’s Music Production suite delivered a comprehensive platform, guaranteed to provide a grounding from which students can progress to any related area of the industry.  You can explore the worlds of popular music, electronic music production, movie soundtrack production and chart topping video game soundtracks.

The Exam

* Music production theory (25%) which includes sound and audio fundamentals and music production terminology

* Listening skills (15%) which is comprised of sonic fidelity, music theory and harmony and stylistic awareness assessments

* Practical skills (60%) which includes technical skills (the candidate’s ability to navigate their way around their DAW of choice) and professional scenario (the candidate’s ability to produce music to a given brief). In grades 6, 7 & 8 candidates can choose their area of specialism for the professional scenario component from a choice of audio production, electronic music production and sound for media. The exam is delivered using a ground-breaking online classroom digital platform, in collaboration with MusicFirst.

Summer Exams 2018

If you would like to gain a Music Production qualification please ensure you enter before 13th June 2018.

To enter for your exam you can enter here.

For those that already have: good luck!

The RSL Team