Category: Music technology


September 19th, 2018 by

On Tuesday 25th September, Dan Francis will be presenting a webinar in association with the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) as part of their Exam Board series.

‘Get to know the ins and outs of music exams and make the best decision for your students. This September, the ISM Trust presents a series of free webinars to help music teachers understand music exam boards and how their exams work. London College of Music, Trinity College London, ABRSM and Rock School will tell you about how their qualifications help pupils progress and provide the latest information on their syllabi.’


Dan will take you through the range of exams currently offered by Rockschool and some of the key features which help them to support students in making good musical progress in both knowledge and skills. This webinar will take you through the new Guitar, Bass and Drums exam series as well as our unique Music Production syllabus and will give you exclusive information about some of the new developments in the Rockschool series which will ensure students are prepared for the world of work in the creative industries.

Comprehensive Qualifications

Rockschool is the only awarding body offering Vocational Qualifications, Graded Music Exams and group qualifications in the Performing Arts and Dan will draw on his experience as a teacher and manager both in and out of schools to give practical insight into the way these qualifications can be used together to create a comprehensive music education. He will also provide information on how they complement other qualifications, such as GCSE and A-Level and provide accreditation for work done inside and outside the classroom.

Learning for Young People and Adults

Rockschool run qualifications from Debut to Advanced level, including Teaching Diplomas and so this will be an opportunity for you to gain insight into how Rockschool can support teachers and students alike in developing their practice to make sure they can work in a range of environments both as an individual and as part of a wider team.


Dan is the UK Education Strategy Manager for Rockschool and, following a degree and PGCE in Music from Nottingham and Leeds, has spent 20 years as a musician, teacher, senior leader and consultant in both schools and Music Services. His primary aim is to work with other music professionals and education advocates to ensure that students have the best access to industry-relevant and high quality musical qualifications which reflect their musical aptitudes and aspirations.

Here is the link to sign-up:

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

RSL attends MMA Conference 2018

May 10th, 2018 by

The MMA Conference is back!

We are excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at this year’s MMA National Music Teaching Conference! The conference will be a three day event from 18th-20th May 2018, and will be held at Eton College (Berkshire). The MMA conference connects an array of music education professionals from music administrators, instrumental teachers and heads of department.

We’re always eager to attend events that present a great opportunity for music education professionals to network effectively with inspirational people from inside the music industry. If you would like to share ideas on good practice, develop your classroom skills, and participate in industry-focused activities – then please feel free to come along.

As many more music education professionals react to the rapid growth in the Music Production market, we’re finding that interested parties can find themselves feeling lost when it comes to introducing it in their current teaching timetable. This year, Music Producer expert Sam Vasanth will be representing Rockschool to help you with this very task, with a seminar on the RSL Music Production syllabus, which provides an overview of all the elements featured in the grade exam.

RSL’s Strategy Manager, Dan Francis, will also be in attendance to present an overview of how the material fits within the wider context of each school level, and how it can be used alongside other exams, such as the EPQ qualification.

To view the full programme timetable – just click here.

We’ll see you there!

The RSL Team

RSL@ Brighton Music Conference 2018!

April 26th, 2018 by

RSL are off to the Brighton Music Conference 2018 (BMC) this week.  The BMC hits its 5th year and continues to attract leading delegates and speakers from The Electronic Music Industry . The 3 day event involves a blend of workshops, seminars, networking and club events.  There will be over 50 talks from top experts in the industry, discussing important topics such as mental health in The Electronic Music Industry, how to get your music signed to the right label and diversity in the industry.

Exhibitors range from industry suppliers, technology companies and service providers giving you all the information you need to. RSL will be at BMC 2018 discussing the Music Production syllabus, level 4 teaching diploma and teacher registry for music production graduates.

We will be located at the main arena where you can get all the information you need about Music Production so come and say hello!

 Electronic music industry experts speak at the "BMC 2018"

Click here to view the full programme for the BMC 2018.