Category: Music Teacher

Am I Ready to Take My Rockschool Exam?

February 25th, 2021 by

With spring just around the corner, we’re looking ahead to the next session of Rockschool exams in the UK and Ireland.

We have a wide range of assessment options available to accommodate all learners, so whether you’re keen to do a face to face exam, a video exam, or include classical pieces as part of our Free Choice Piece expansion, we have you covered!

For some, it’s hard to know when you or your students are truly ready to apply. This is why we’ve asked guest blogger, guitarist and educator, Leigh Fuge, to explore ‘Am I Ready to Take My Rockschool Exam?’

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Am I, or my students, ready to take my Rockschool exam? The golden question! What do we consider being ready for an exam? The exam will follow the same structure and contents that would have been covered in lessons using the Rockschool books. So, with that in mind, let’s break it down into a few simple areas:

Technical Knowledge

  • If you get asked to play a particular chord or scale, or variations of this, can you/your student do so without hesitation?
  • Is the chord played cleanly without any wrong notes and its pitching clean and concise?
  • Is the scale played correctly with all notes at an even tempo?

Performance

  • Are you using a performance piece from the book or do you have a pre-prepared one?
  • Can you perform this from memory or comfortably whilst reading from the book/sheet?
  • Can you deliver a confident performance that sounds as close to the original as possible?

Theory/Listening

  • Can you answer a range of listening based questions on time signatures, rhythm and melody without hesitation?
  • Can you replicate different rhythms and melodies from hearing them?

If you can answer yes to all or most of these questions, then chances are you, or your student, are ready to take the Rockschool exam.

For teachers, I would always recommend spending a few lessons running over the content in an exam format as a mock test with students to help them get used to only having one attempt at playing pieces or answering questions.

When preparing for exams, it’s important to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Here is a useful blog I wrote on Recovering from Mistakes During Exams. This will help you and your students prepare for mistakes. Remember, making mistakes does not ruin the exam. Keep calm and focused and you’ll nail it!

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About the Author:

This article has been written for Rockschool on behalf of MGR Music by Leigh Fuge, a professional guitarist, tutor and journalist from Wales in the UK. He has been working in the music industry for over 10 years as a touring and studio musician with various artists, guitar tutor and writer for many high profile guitar publications. Read more of Leigh’s pieces relating to Rockschool here…

Quick Tips: How to Practise and Improve your Sight Reading | Guest Blog

February 24th, 2021 by

The term “sight reading” is enough to send chills down any musician’s back. The ability to just look at a sheet of paper and play the piece is a skill that many of us assume is reserved for the absolute elite of musicians.

The truth is, sight reading doesn’t have to be such a mountain to climb. Anyone can learn to sight read by starting simple and working up.

This article has been written for Rockschool on behalf of MGR Music by Leigh Fuge.


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Let’s consider some key points that would help you learn sight reading:

Rhythmic Awareness

Are you familiar with how to read your note lengths on both staves and rhythm charts? Having the ability to spot your note lengths will make a huge difference when sight reading. Being able to read note length without thinking means you can look at the note and focus on the pitch and not the length.

Whole Note

Half Note

Quarter Note

Eighth Note

Sixteenth Note

Key Signature, Chord and Scale Knowledge

Often, when it comes to sight reading you may be given a quick opportunity to scan the page first. This is a good time to take in the key signature of the song. This will immediately give you an insight into what scales and chords you should expect to see in the piece.

I would recommend learning your Major and Minor scales as chords, understanding intervals and relative major/minor keys. If you look at a piece and you can identify the key right away, that will give you all the information you need providing you know what scales and chords fit into that key.

Check out this other resource I wrote for Rockschool called Key Signatures: A Beginners Guide. This has all the information you need to get started with understanding key signatures.



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Start Small and Grow

Don’t expect to be able to sight read at the highest level after just a week of learning the basics. Sight reading is a skill that takes time, practise and patience to develop to a high standard. A great way to start sight reading is to take a melody that you are familiar with and find the sheet music for it. Study the key signature of the piece and try to follow it along with the sheet music. You can use your scale knowledge to help guide you and your familiarity with how the piece should sound will help you piece together the notes.

By doing this, you are associating the notes on the stage with the pitches on your instrument. Don’t go for a piece that’s too complex right away, take it easy with a piece that you know well.

Study Before Starting

Before you dive into a sight-reading exercise, spend that little bit of extra time looking at it and making notes (either in your mind or by writing them on the charts) about what you’re looking at. Look for any key areas where you might run into difficulty or something that might not look like it belongs in that key family.

You should also pay attention to any dynamic changes or repeated sections. I often do a lot of live gigs that involve showing up and playing off chord charts with no prior rehearsals. I rely on my understanding of these charts to get me through the gig. In these situations, the first thing I always do is study the arrangements and look for any key points where I need to repeat something or change the overall feel or dynamic.



Learn to Think Ahead of Yourself

When you start to progress with sight reading, you’ll realise that you need to think ahead of your current playing position. Many accomplished sight readers will learn to take in an entire bar in one go, or even a few beats at a time. This means that you can be playing something while your brain locks into the part coming next.

This might sound quite intense, and at first, it will be. It’s essentially splitting the brain into two halves, one to play and one to read.

Like all sight reading, start slowly with this. This is something else that using a familiar melody or piece could benefit from as you will be familiar enough to play a section while allowing your mind to move ahead to study the part that is coming up next.

Are You Getting Better?

Let’s imagine you’ve now been trying to learn sight reading for a few weeks, how do we know if you’re getting better. Firstly, you will feel more comfortable with the idea. You’ll feel more at ease when you look at a piece of music and you’ll feel more confident in your ability to just dig in. You’ll also feel that you’re spending less time “working it out” and more time just playing it.

A good measure of this is to once again call up the notation for a piece of music you are familiar with but make sure it’s a piece you can’t already play from memory. Try to sight read it, if it sounds as you expect then that’s a positive indicator that your sight reading is moving in the right direction.

Don’t give up! It’s a long road but the results are worth it. You’ll get into the swing of it very quickly but don’t forget to keep working at it and keep pushing yourself.


About the Author:

This article has been written for Rockschool on behalf of MGR Music by Leigh Fuge, a professional guitarist, tutor and journalist from Wales in the UK. He has been working in the music industry for over 10 years as a touring and studio musician with various artists, guitar tutor and writer for many high profile guitar publications. Read more of Leigh’s pieces relating to Rockschool here…

How to Teach Music Online | What are the benefits and where are the pitfalls?

February 9th, 2021 by

How to Teach Music Online. What are the benefits and where are the pitfalls?

Due to the effects of the Coronavirus around the world, we’re all facing extended periods where meeting face to face is off the table. However, this doesn’t have to mean the end for your teaching, but it does mean we all have to think differently about how we teach, or more importantly how students learn.

Originally posted in March 2020, updated February 2021.

This blog seeks to set out a few key strategies for online teaching and learning, referencing some good practice and highlighting some of the pitfalls. We interviewed Rockschool Examiner Georg Voros, DIME Online Head of Education Mike Sturgis, and Rockschool Drum Syllabus contributor Pete Riley for their views in using online platforms.

Using the right technology

Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp and the like all provide great services for video calls, however, we are at the mercy of our connection speeds and those of our students.

Rockshool Drum Syllabus contributor Pete Riley has invested in a fully mic’d teaching studio for his online lessons, but even with great technology in his studio he still finds that the student’s environment can create challenges as they may be working with internal microphones built into laptops and phones.

Video conferencing is useful, but not the only technology to rely on. Virtual Learning Environments (also called Learning Management Systems) are an excellent way to set interactive tasks that your students can respond to and most have video conferencing built in.

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Mike Sturgis, Head of Education from DIME Online uses Canvas for his faculty who teach RSL Awards Vocational Qualifications online. DIME have built a bespoke environment for learners built around tasks that are submitted for assessment online – giving students an individual learning experience.

It doesn’t have to be the same!

For centuries teachers have utilised a mentor/apprentice style of 1-2-1 teaching in music lesson. The challenges regarding online learning mean that it is often not possible to hear the nuances of a performance over video conference, so referencing great recordings and curating well recorded video tutorials is going to really help. For example, RSL Fellow and drum legend Steve White’s YouTube channel has some amazing rudiments that you can set for your students to watch.

Building your lessons around material that learners have already watch/listened to is often referred to as ‘flipped’ learning, making the engagement with students much more valuable. Imagine if you were teaching how to play a song, if the student already knows the song before you start it makes the whole process much easier.

Our good friends and Rockschool public exam centre, Roar Music Academy, moved their teaching services online due to current circumstances. Click here to find their learnings so far…

Time is flexible

The traditional model of 1-2-1 teaching often requires strict lesson times. Online learning can be much more flexible. A 30-minute lesson in person might only contain 6 minutes of talking with the student and lots of demonstrating. In an online model you might stretch the lesson out with several bursts over a few days. Setting a task and asking the student to record themselves for you to review saves both students and teachers time.

Mike Sturgis points out the main advantages to online study are the 24-7 access to the content and the complete flexibility to study your lessons when you want to.

Find the right resources

Part of all teaching is to help guide the learners, and the job of curation is even more implicit when thinking about online learning. We recently helped Music Gurus out with their seminar on Online delivery at the Music and Drama Education Expo. The number one comment from teachers was that it was hard to find resources they could trust.

We spend a lot of our time at RSL creating material that is suitable for different levels of learners. If you haven’t already got the Rockschool or RSL Classical books, sign up for our Learning Platform app or Teach Today, Shape Tomorrow programme that includes books and teaching resources free to teachers.

Replay - interactive sheet music tool

The Replay interactive sheet music tool can be a great way for students to explore the Rockschool repertoire and allows them to loop, slow down, or even change key of the pieces.

The student sets the pace

In other areas of education there has been a long-established movement to place the pace of learning in the hands of the learners. A movement from traditional cognitive models into constructivist models can help learners engage in topics for longer and in more detail. Setting goals and benchmarks with individual learners will give positive reinforcement.

For example, the overall goal for the learner might be to complete their Grade 2 Electric Guitar exam with Rockschool – but to get to that end goal the student will need smaller objectives such as learning part of a piece or technical exercise broken down into tasks. Every time a task is completed there is an opportunity for encouragement.

Online communities

Along with constructivism, social constructivism encourages the idea of learners supporting each other. Learners sharing their progress is a great way to create an environment where all your students support each other. This will help retain the students and support your teaching business. Social media groups are an excellent way to connect all your students together.

Mike Sturgis sees many benefits to working in this way…

“some of our tutorials are allocated for the entire group, so this functions like any conference call that you might have experienced in Zoom or Microsoft Teams. However, it’s the forums where students upload examples of their work where we see a lot of discussion between students and staff.”

Finding Students

Recruiting new students is always tricky, but using platforms like Rockschool’s Teacher Registry can build and online profile. Promoting this through social media is a good way of boosting a profile, and with online learning there is a whole world of students who might be looking for your services.

What do you miss out on?

Pete Riley highlights that the physicality of teaching instruments is challenged when we use online methods, as well as the ability to move around the students to really observe technique from different angles. Of course, extreme situations call for extreme measures and whilst we may never be able to recreate all the features of an in-person lesson, for the time being we may just have to adapt. Currently having a live ensemble jam together is a big challenge for the technology, but perhaps not for long.

Safeguarding

When delivering online lessons, remember that safeguarding and child protection remain paramount and you need to ensure that you have considered this carefully to ensure that you can provide a safe and secure online learning environment for both you and your students. The professional bodies at the MU, ISM and Music Mark have both created some very useful guidance, so we recommend that you check it out:

DIME Online Head of Education, Mike Sturgis’ top 5 tips for online teaching

  • Tip 1: Ensure that the platform you’re using to deliver the course will meet the needs of the student learning experience.
  • Tip 2: Communication surrounding assessments must absolutely clear. This includes how the assessment will take place, what is required from the student, how they need to submit their work and the deadline for this.
  • Tip 3: Opportunities for developmental assessment at key points in the term.
  • Tip 4: Prompt, regular and incisive feedback for students on their work, including 1-2-1 contact time with a tutor at key points in the term.
  • Tip 5: Course content must be of a high standard, preferably with a combination of text, notation, graphics, video, images and audio as appropriate. Also, the presentation of the content needs to be done in a way that is easily navigable and considers diverse learning styles.

Rockschool Examiner Georg Voros’ 5 Tips for teaching Online

  • Tip 1: Connectivity. Without good connectivity you’re dead in the water and this will never work. You may have fantastic connectivity your side, but if the person on the other side hasn’t then this won’t work. So aside from making sure you’re well set up your side, make sure your student has good connectivity before you get started.
  • Tip 2: Audio quality. Very challenging for drum lessons if all that’s being used is a laptop microphone or similar. The result is not always great. As the teacher make sure that YOUR sound is clear and audible. Maybe test this with a friend before starting to teach online. Give suggestions to your student on how to best improve sound quality their side in the most affordable manner.
  • Tip 3: Camera angle. If you’re a guitar teacher or similar, then this is easier as you don’t need a hugely wide shot. If you’re teaching drums or keyboard then you need to angle your camera or cameras to make sure that everything is visible.
  • Tip 4: Lesson content. Be selective in what you can teach. Not everything transfers well online. If part of your lesson is very interactive and works well in a room with a student in front of you, eg. teaching technique and helping to physically implement this somehow, you may want to rethink how you can get this across.
  • Tip 5: Lesson scheduling. It’s all very well wanting to teach someone in a different time zone, but you will need to take into account when they are able to have a lesson. Will 3 am in the morning suit you?

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Back to School: Tips & Tricks for Music Teachers

September 7th, 2020 by

Make going back to school this academic year a breeze!

The way you teach at your school(s) may well have changed significantly over the past few months. However, a lot of the same issues will arise as you get back to work at school. Here’s our list of tip & tricks for music teachers getting back into the swing of things this September.

Before we begin, it would be imprudent of us not to provide a small checklist of things you should definitely take care of before you commence teaching in any capacity:

1. Get DBS Checked

If you are going to be teaching in any capacity, then you will almost certainly require a criminal records check, known as a DBS. If you’re working in a school, then they will usually cover the cost of this. However, if you’re teaching privately, you can undertake this online by visiting their website and paying a small fee.

2. Get Insured

There are several different forms of insurance you’ll need as a teacher, as well as several factors that may influence your current insurance status. If you’re teaching from home, please ensure that you should check if using your home as a place of business effects your insurance. Similarly, if you are teaching peripatetically, or from a venue, you’ll almost certainly need Public Liability Insurance for any accidents that may happen outside of your home.

3. Get Registered as Self-Employed

Any money earned, whether paid in cash or not, is taxable. You should also be aware of the fact you may be able to claim back any expenses incurred whilst teaching. This could include a variety of things (books, equipment, travel), but should always be discussed with a tax advisor for clarity before making a claim.


Like any form of education, both music students and teachers can profit from some useful back-to-school preparation…

Checking your equipment, reviewing your learning environment, making sure you get enough rest, and refocusing your attitude can all work towards making sure you pick up right where you left off.

Set Goals

Before you start afresh this September, reflect on the last year and make sure you know exactly where you were the last time you saw each of your students. Use this as a jump off point upon their return to ask them to recall what they last learnt. This refocuses and motivates them, putting them in the right frame of mind before they play a single note.

Encourage Responsibility

Draw up a timetable for them to map out a practise schedule with clear objectives that you can both agree on. Structure is key! It’s important they get into a routine that enables them to see their own progress, which helps to boost confidence the more they improve. The more ownership they feel they have, the more invested they will be.

Engage with Parents

In order for everyone to feel involved in the process, pick a preferred way to include parents in your progress with their son or daughter. It’s tough for some parents – especially those that aren’t musical themselves – to feel that they can ask how their child is doing. If you put it in a language they can understand, the students own attitude will also vastly improve from their involvement. The skills learnt in music are transformational. Make sure they know it!

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Wonderful Water

A lack of ability to focus, increased fatigue and ‘brain fog’, sleep issues and headaches are all intrinsically linked to reduced intake of water. Now, it’s not your responsibility to instil this, per se; but having water on hand is not only a thoughtful act, but it can also provide you with a reason to give students a moment to settle themselves if you think they could profit from a small break.

Respect Your Rest

A good night’s sleep is vital to our physical health and emotional well-being. That’s why the benefits of good sleep should never be underestimated. We appreciate how much effort and concentration is required to execute effective lessons on a regular basis, so make sure that you’re getting enough sleep as it’ll only make it harder!

Be Prepared

Give yourself time in advance to feel fully prepared before each lesson begins. If you’re not ready to start straight away, how can you expect your student to be? You may want to bring something new into the learning environment, or start a brand-new topic that might take some thinking about. Mapping out your approach beforehand will ensure you’re happy with your content and delivery.

Mobile Phones

If possible, set a precedent for them to be turned off before you begin. They can be a useful learning tool, but they also mean that you may just give yourself something else to battle with for your students’ attention. If you’d like to use electronics in your lesson, make sure they’re your own in order to retain full control of the learning environment.

Talk!

Despite your bottom-line being how well your students learn, it’s really important to build your own relationship with them so that they feel comfortable enough to concentrate. This could include something as small as a funny thing that happened to you recently, or how you overcame the same musical problem they’re currently struggling with.

Children – especially in their teenage years – can often feel undermined or misunderstood by adults, so be sure to ask them how they’re feeling and getting on generally at the time. It may take a while before they trust you enough to engage in this way, but a lot of young people will appreciate you taking an interest in them (even if they don’t show it at first!).

Finally, try to memorise their most important people, interests and passions. Their best friends, a favourite character from a books or film – obviously a favourite band/artist – but most importantly, their family members. These are the most influential and important things in their lives, so to have a respectful understanding of them is important.

Ask for Help

If you’re struggling with absolutely anything to do with your music teaching, there are a lot of support networks out there for you to contact. Here at RSL we are proud members and supporters of the Musicians’ Union, Incorporated Society of Musicians, Music Industries Association and Music Teachers Association who will all be more than willing to help any way they can, so don’t be shy!

If you would like some help with anything RSL-based, then feel free to contact us by phone (0345 460 4747), email or our social channels (@RSLAwards).

Be a Role Model

Much like the ‘Wonderful Water’ entry (see above), this isn’t necessarily a necessity for your role; but if you want to be someone people are proud to endorse, then it’s a given that they’ll be doing so because of the respect you have for the opportunity each new student represents. Think about your manner, tone and overall respect for the human being who is trusting you to give them guidance on something they have a genuine enthusiasm for. Try to remember what it would’ve been like for you in their position and act accordingly.

You’re going to be great.


If you’d like to nominate yourself, or another music teacher, to feature in our Rockschool Stories series, please contact us at marketing@rslwards.com and we’ll get you started right away!

*Depending on your teaching scenario (private, peripatetic, in-school or out of a music hub), you may need to adapt your approach slightly, but in the main, each of these points should be applicable*

An Introduction to Rockschool Music Production – Virtual RSL On Tour Playback

July 29th, 2020 by

Sit back, relax and enjoy the playback of our recent Virtual RSL On Tour webinar: An introduction to Rockschool Music Production. Stream. Engage. Teach!

This webinar introduces teachers to the benchmarked levels of progression students can expect to reach as they engage with our Rockschool Music Production graded exam materials. We look at specific examples of the repertoire at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Level; provide explanations of the assessment criteria and our new digital marksheets; and highlight how the grade system maps across to qualifications in the classroom. We also provide information on the different ways students can take exams with Rockschool in your region and territory.

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Rockschool Music Production – Coursework Edition expands on our 25+ year history of innovation throughout music education, providing aspiring producers and engineers with the most accessible music production graded syllabus.

On completion of a Rockschool Music Production grade, every candidate will own a wealth of technical, practical and theoretical knowledge that they can apply to real-world scenarios – whether it’s in audio production, electronic music production, mixing, editing, mastering or sound for media.

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Rockschool Acoustic – Virtual RSL On Tour Webinar Playback

July 29th, 2020 by

Stream. Engage. Teach. Welcome to the playback of our recent Virtual RSL On Tour webinars: “An introduction to Rockschool Acoustic”, and, “Teaching Technical Acoustic Guitar Skills Through Performing”.

An introduction to Rockschool Acoustic

This webinar introduces teachers to the benchmarked levels of progression students can expect to reach as they engage with our Rockschool Acoustic graded exam materials (Debut – Grade 8). We look at specific examples of the repertoire at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Level; provide explanations of the assessment criteria and our new digital marksheets; and highlight how the grade system maps across to qualifications in the classroom. We also provide information on the different ways students can take exams with Rockschool in your region and territory.

Teaching Technical Acoustic Guitar Skills Through Performing

This webinar will look at the acoustic grades, from Debut – Grade 5, and give examples of how to approach the grades in an engaging way to help students develop both their technical mastery and creative expression. We will highlight the relationship between the technical exercises and the performance pieces contained in the graded exam book and look at how particular scales, arpeggios, chords and rhythmic elements support the development of specific pieces. We will also look at how our interactive practice tool, Replay, can be used in lessons as an effective teaching tool.

Rockschool Acoustic

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Rockschool Acoustic sets a new tone, with a complete set of upgrades to the Acoustic series. As with all of Rockschool’s releases, every grade features meticulously researched and benchmarked tracks from both trailblazing innovators and contemporary trendsetters, exposing each student to an array of genres, styles and instrument-specific techniques as they progress through each grade.

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An Introduction to Performance Arts Awards in Musical Theatre – Virtual RSL On Tour Playback

July 21st, 2020 by

Sit back and enjoy the playback of our recent Virtual RSL On Tour webinar: An introduction to Musical Theatre Performance Arts Awards.

This webinar introduces teachers to the benchmarked levels of progression students can expect to reach as they engage with our Musical Theatre graded Performance Arts Awards materials. We look at specific examples of the repertoire at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Level; provide explanations of the assessment criteria and our new digital marksheets; and highlight how the grade system maps across to qualifications in the classroom. We also provide information on the different ways students can take exams with PAA in your region and territory.

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PAA Musical Theatre examinations are accessible for all ages and abilities and provides teachers with the creativity and flexibility to enable every child to succeed.

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Rockschool Ukulele – Virtual RSL On Tour Webinar Playback

July 15th, 2020 by

Thanks for joining us to watch the playback of our recent Virtual RSL On Tour webinars: “An introduction to Rockschool Ukulele”, and, “Teaching Technical Ukulele Skills Through Performing”.

An introduction to Rockschool Ukulele

This webinar introduces teachers to the benchmarked levels of progression students can expect to reach as they engage with our Rockschool Ukulele graded exam materials. We look at specific examples of the repertoire at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Level; provide explanations of the assessment criteria and our new digital marksheets; and highlight how the grade system maps across to qualifications in the classroom. We also provide information on the different ways students can take exams with Rockschool in your region and territory.

Teaching Technical Ukulele Skills Through Performing

This webinar will look at the ukulele grades (Debut – Grade 8) and give examples of how to approach the grades in an engaging way to help students develop both their technical mastery and creative expression. We will highlight the relationship between the technical exercises and the performance pieces contained in the graded exam book and look at how particular scales, arpeggios, chords and rhythmic elements support the development of specific pieces. We will also look at how our interactive practice tool, Replay, can be used in lessons as an effective teaching tool.

Rockschool Ukulele

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The ukulele is in a unique group of instruments with re-entrant tuning. The Rockschool Ukulele syllabus (Debut – Grade 8) develops instrument-specific techniques through digestible benchmarked topics guaranteed to equip students with the practical skill and theoretical knowledge to perform at the highest possible level, across a range of contemporary styles.

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Rockschool Piano & Keys – Virtual RSL On Tour Playback

July 15th, 2020 by

Welcome to the playback of our recent Virtual RSL On Tour webinar: “An introduction to Rockschool Piano and Keys”, and, “Teaching Technical Piano Skills Through Performing”.

An Introduction to Piano & Keys Webinar

This webinar introduces teachers to the benchmarked levels of progression students can expect to reach as they engage with our Rockschool Piano and Rockschool Keys graded exam materials. We look at specific examples of the repertoire at Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Level; provide explanations of the assessment criteria and our new digital marksheets; and highlight how the grade system maps across to qualifications in the classroom. We also provide information on the different ways students can take exams with Rockschool in your region and territory.

Teaching Technical Piano Skills Through Performing

This webinar will look at the Piano grades (Debut – Grade 8) and give examples of how to approach the grades in an engaging way to help students develop both their technical mastery and creative expression. We will highlight the relationship between the technical exercises and the performance pieces contained in the graded exam book and look at how particular scales, arpeggios, chords and rhythmic elements support the development of specific pieces. We will also look at how our interactive practice tool, Replay, can be used in lessons as an effective teaching tool.

Rockschool Piano

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Rockschool Piano seeks to both educate the modern pianist, and validate the instrument as an essential tool in the ever-evolving world of popular music.

Rockschool Piano Sample Pack

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Rockschool Keys

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Rockschool Keys contains comprehensive, keyboard-specific arrangements, that utilise varied levels of sound manipulation, patch switching, layers and splits.

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