Category: Performing Arts Awards

Three specially arranged PAA Musical Theatre shows. Out now!

May 12th, 2021 by

Three specially arranged PAA Musical Theatre shows. Out now!

RSL Awards are delighted to have partnered up with The School Musicals Company to create three specially-arranged shows for use towards PAA Musical Theatre Exams.

The three shows, available to buy now, are:

Each show contains musical numbers, scripts and recommended grade levels per character. With roles accommodating up to 25 performers, ranging from Premiere to Grade 5 typically lasting around 20 – 30 minutes, these shows are perfect for any group performance.

The excerpts feature at least three scenes and three songs, giving every performer the opportunity to play a meaningful role as well as being part of the wider ensemble, no matter what grade their character is benchmarked at.

To help teachers create the perfect exam show for their ensemble, we’ve included editable versions of the scripts. Teachers can edit the script, cut roles and share those lines between other characters (thereby creating larger roles) without seeking permission prior to an exam day. As long as key character traits and the integrity of scenes aren’t compromised, we believe this added flexibility will make group performances accessible for drama groups in any setting.

Paws and Claws

Paws and Claws is based very loosely on William Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’, but with dogs and cats instead of Montagues and Capulets, always fighting, usually without good reason, just because that’s the way things have always been. Beyond that, however, the story is wholly original, a tale of friendship, of loyalty, of trust and mistrust, of joy and sadness, isolation and togetherness.

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Pantastic

The daring exploits of Peter Pan and Tinker Bell, along with Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, Tootles and the Lost Boys, have had generations of children – not to mention adults – spellbound. Pantastic introduces us to Peter, Tink and the Darling children, and whisks us away to Neverland and the competing forces of the Lost Boys, the Pirates and the Natives.

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The Jungle Book

Mowgli, Baloo, Bagheera, Akela, Kaa and the myriad of other animals in Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Jungle Book’ swings us on a dramatic, funny, quirky and hugely enjoyable adventure. This enjoyable piece of theatre is hugely evocative, full of the most wonderful imagery, descriptions, insights, storylines and characters.

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There are two purchase options for all available shows:

  • Teacher Pack – Including lyric sheets, full musical scores, vocal scores, full script, editable script, songs and backing tracks, character descriptions, suggested benchmarked grades for each character.
  • Student Pack – Including lyric sheets, vocal scores, full script, songs and backing tracks, character descriptions.

Please note: all students must have a student pack for use in preparations for an exam and to acquire full performance rights.

PAA Acting Webinars – Virtual RSL On Tour

April 9th, 2021 by

PAA Acting Webinars – Sign up to our webinar and learn how to effectively engage your students using the brand new PAA Acting syllabus.

RSL Awards are pleased to announce the launch of their new PAA Acting syllabus. Running from Premiere – Grade 8, these graded exams are designed for individuals and small groups up to three, creating a great addition to your existing offer of Creative Arts qualifications.

We are running two PAA Acting webinars on Tuesday 18th May 2021 at 16:30 (BST) and Thursday 20th May 2021 at 10:00 (BST) where you will be able to find out more about the content; benchmarked assessment criteria; exam options and find out how this syllabus can work for you and your students.


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    PAA Acting develops candidates of all ages and levels, assessing a range of communication, interpretative and technical skills through practical assessment.

    PAA Acting’s flexible delivery approach gives teachers complete creative freedom to compile scenes from plays or anthologies, adapted excerpts from novels, or even original scenes written by the candidates themselves. These can be performed in an exam as monologue(s), duologue(s) or scenes for three.

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    RSL Awards are a leading global awarding body for qualifications and assessment across Music, Drama and Dance and provide valuable, academically-rigorous and relevant routes into the Creative Industry. Through our graded exams and vocational qualifications, we provide effective creative education solutions for teachers and students in schools, colleges and private delivery organisations across 50 countries and over 600 centres across the UK.

    RSL Awards Digital Marksheets for PAA Musical Theatre

    June 19th, 2020 by

    Introducing the RSL Awards digital marksheets and understanding the revised assessment criteria for Musical Theatre Performance Arts Award.

    We want to demystify the examining process so that teachers and candidates can prepare for their exam, fully understanding our approach to assessment. There is no change to the learning outcomes, overall standards, or level of achievement expected from candidates at each grade.

    Learning Outcomes

    Learning Outcomes indicate what a learner should know, understand or be able to do, if they successfully pass a qualification.

    There are 3 learning outcomes in PAA Musical Theatre exams (these have not changed):

    • LO1 Perform in a group piece of musical theatre
    • LO2 Demonstrate technical skills relevant to musical theatre
    • LO3 Understand individual content and context in musical theatre

    (At Premiere level, candidates are only assessed against LO1 and LO3.)

    Assessment Criteria

    Assessment Criteria describe how we assess the learning outcomes (ie. how a candidate demonstrates in an exam that the learning outcomes have been achieved). They are applied to each discipline (acting, singing and dancing) and each is considered / marked separately. The combination of assessment criteria marks gives the total mark for each discipline.

    Revised Assessment Criteria

    Below is an overview of the PAA Musical Theatre revised assessment criteria. For more detail on the Learning Outcomes, Attainment Bands, Weighting and Grading Criteria, please refer the Marking Guidance document. Teachers and candidates can find full details of the assessment criteria at each grade by referring to the full syllabus. Both documents are downloadable here

    Assessment Criteria Overview – Technique:

    ActingSingingDancing
    Use of facial expression and voice, appropriate to the mean- ing and mood of the text is expected at all grades. As grades progress, requirements include vocal modulation, projection, phrasing, physical characterisation, movement and gesture.Audibility is expected at all grades. As grades progress, requirements include timing, pitch, rhythmic awareness, articulation, phrasing, intonation, breath control and resonance.Coordination and timing is expected at all grades. As grades progress, requirements include rhythmic and spatial awareness, control, alignment, core stability, balance and dynamic variation.

    Assessment Criteria Overview – Performance:

    ActingSingingDancing
    An understanding of the text is expected at all grades, and accurate word memory from Debut. As grades progress, requirements include interpretation, an understanding of character, emotions, subtext, period, style and a sense of spontaneity.An understanding of the meaning and mood of the song is expected at all grades. As grades progress, requirements include an awareness of character, intention, dynamic variation, communication to the audience and stylistic understanding.An understanding of the mood of the music is expected at all grades. As grades progress, requirements include characterisation, musical interpretation, communication to the audience.

    Awarding Marks

    Marks are related entirely to the assessment criteria. They are determined by the extent to which they are evidenced by the candidate.

    • Criteria achieved to an acceptable, or mostly acceptable, standard: PASS
    • Criteria achieved to a proficient, or mostly proficient, standard: MERIT
    • Criteria achieved to a consistently high standard throughout, or almost throughout: DISTINCTION
    Digital Marksheets & Assessment Criteria – Musical Theatre PAA

    The Benefits of Digital Marksheets

    Moving to digital marksheets has a number of advantages for candidates and teachers:

    Clearer and Easier To Understand

    We want our exams to be as accessible as possible for all candidates. To enhance our approach, we have separated each element of the exam into assessment criteria that are easy to understand – the examiner will give candidates a grade for each of these elements which will combine to create a final score.

    Speed of Results

    Using a digital marksheet allows our examiners to upload results directly to a candidate’s profile on the RSL Awards site, rather than posting a hard copy report form. There are still rigorous quality checks to go through, but, we are confident that candidates will see their results quicker

    Environmental Benefits

    An added benefit, and something we are very committed to, is the reduction in paper use and the carbon impact of transporting marksheets. These enhancements to our process will save hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper being transported across the world.

    Accessibility

    We don’t believe that the way we examine should be kept secret. By being completely transparent about the elements of a performance we are grading, we hope that teachers and candidates will be able to focus on their preparation for examinations. In time, we hope that this will reduce any anxious or nervous feelings as candidates take exams and benchmark their learning.

    No matter what the outcome, RSL Awards exams should be a positive part of the learning process, affirming the progress of a student and giving them clear goals to try and achieve.

    Digital Marksheets & Assessment Criteria – Musical Theatre PAA

    Introducing the RSL Awards Digital Marksheets

    May 4th, 2020 by

    Introducing the RSL Awards Digital Marksheets and understanding the Assessment Criteria.

     

    RSL Awards is proud to announce that from the 4th May all Rockschool Graded Music Exams (excluding Theory and Music Production) and Performing Arts Awards Musical Theatre qualifications will be marked by examiners digitally. We wanted to highlight a few of the reasons why we have made this change and the benefits that it will give candidates.

    It’s worth pointing out from the start that this work has taken over 18 months of refinement and testing to ensure that the standards we apply in exams remain unchanged. However, the processes behind the exams will enhance our customer service and the experience of the candidates.

    We want to demystify the examining process so that teachers and candidates can prepare for their exam really understanding our approach to assessment.

    Learning Outcomes

    There are 3 learning outcomes in Rockschool graded music exams.

    • Be able to perform music in popular musical styles.
    • Be able to demonstrate technical ability on an instrument/voice through responding to set technical demands.
    • Be able to demonstrate musical understanding through a range of set tests.

    Graded Examinations reference all three learning outcomes, whereas Performance Certificates only require the first outcome to be met.

    What are Assessment Criteria?

    • Assessment Criteria are how we assess the learning outcomes.
    • They are applied to evidence musical outcomes at progressing grades. Each criteria is equally weighted.
    • Each is considered / marked separately.
    • The combination gives the total mark for each piece/supporting test.

    Assessment Criteria

    1. Command of Instrument

    The quality of the sound produced from the instrument, including the consistency of sound/tone, control of sound/tone commensurate with grade.

    2. Sync or Pulse

    Alignment of the performance to backing track, metronome or applied to a solo performance, observing notation markings. For unaccompanied pieces candidates should maintain a secure internal pulse and adjust the pulse where instructed within the music.

    3. Accuracy and Understanding

    Representing the written notation accurately, except by instruction through performance notes, or interpreting the written part with equivalent skills demonstrated. Secure understanding of musical structure evidenced through transitions of phrases, bars and sections.

    4. Style and Expression

    An expressive and commanding performance of the notated material dictated by the demands of the performance piece.

    Awarding Marks

    When we award marks, we relate entirely to the assessment criteria. The mark is determined by extent to which the average is evidenced overall.

    • Criteria achieved SOME of the time: PASS (‘OK’)
    • Criteria achieved MOST of the time: MERIT (‘GOOD’)
    • Criteria achieved ALL of the time: DISTINCTION (‘EXCELLENT’)

    The overall mark is determined by extent to which the average is evidenced overall.

    For the updated PAA Musical Theatre Learning Outcomes, Attainment Bands, Weighting and Grading Criteria, please click here…

    Assessment Criteria & Digital Marksheet Information Pack

     

    The Benefits of Digital Marksheets

    Moving to digital marksheets has a number of advantages for candidates and teachers:

    Clearer and Easier to Understand

    We want our exams to be as accessible as possible for all candidates. To enhance our approach, we have separated each of the elements of the exam into assessment criteria that are easy to understand – the examiner will give candidates a grade for each of these elements which will combine to create a final score.

    Speed of Results

    Using a digital marksheet allows our examiners to upload results directly to a candidate’s profile on the RSL Awards site, rather than posting a hard copy report form. There are still rigorous quality checks to go through, but, we are confident that candidates will see their results quicker.

    Environmental Benefits

    An added benefit, and something we are very committed to, is the reduction in paper use and the carbon impact of transporting marksheets. These enhancements to our process will save hundreds of thousands of pieces of paper being transported across the world.

    Accessibility

    We don’t believe that the way we examine should be kept secret. By being completely transparent about the elements of a performance we are grading, we hope that teachers and candidates will be able to focus on their preparation for examinations. In time, we hope that this will reduce any anxious or nervous feelings as candidates take exams and benchmark their learning.

    No matter what the outcome, RSL Awards exams should be a positive part of the learning process, affirming the progress of a student and giving them clear goals to try and achieve.

    Consistency Across Instruments

    Within the Rockschool Grades, all instruments will now be marked with the same consistent use of assessment criteria, across all grades. We hope that this will help teachers or candidates who teach/ study multiple instruments.

    For more information on our digital marksheets, assessment criteria, a full breakdown of how marks are awarded alongside a list of frequently asked questions, please download our information pack by hitting the button below.

    Assessment Criteria & Digital Marksheet Information Pack

    COVID–19: Information for PAA Exam Centres

    April 19th, 2020 by

    The UK government has announced that from 8th March 2021 new guidance will be in place to aid music, dance and drama teaching to resume in school settings, including extra-curricular activity, and out of schools settings.

    At RSL Awards, we are aware of the different approaches being taken across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and that you will be working out what the latest guidance means for you, your colleagues, parents and students.

    Exam Venues:

    As our exams lead to a regulated qualification, venues are able to host exam sessions for RSL PAA Exams and our PAA Exam Guidance can be found here…

    COVID–19: PAA Exam Centre Guidance

    Teaching Venues:

    From 29th March 2021, private venues are able to deliver provision towards exams leading to regulated qualifications subject to meeting all appropriate protocols for safe delivery.

    However, we are also aware that there are a number of factors affecting the ability of private organisations and teachers to offer face to face provision in a safe environment and, as online teaching continues, we have established a number of exam options for Street Dance, Jazz Dance, Musical Theatre and Acting.

    PAA Video Exams

    Recorded Video Exams

    Recorded Video Exams can be submitted by schools or venues from Premiere – Grade 8 in Music Theatre. Individuals, schools, venues or exam centres can submit Recorded Video Exams for all grades in Acting, Premiere to Grade 3 in Jazz Dance and Grades 1-3 in Street Dance.

    Live Video Exams

    Live Video Exams can be conducted by schools and venues as an alternative to a live examiner visit to your venue.

    More information about all of our video exams available for PAA can be found here…

    PAA Face-to-Face Exams

    Where it is safe to do so, we can send an examiner to your venue to assess your students. Our exam centre guidance can be found here.

    COVID–19: PAA Exam Centre Guidance


    If you have any queries and would like to get in touch with a member of the RSL Awards team, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us! Please contact paa@rslawards.com

    Please note: guidance and documentation will be revised or updated as necessary in light of Government and Public Health England guidelines.

    Did you catch us @ MOVE IT 2019, UK’s biggest dance event?

    March 12th, 2019 by

    MOVE IT 2019: UK’s Biggest Dance Event!

    RSL was excited to exhibit at Move It 2019: the UK’s biggest dance event. Over a fun-filled, energetic three days at Excel (London), we had a fantastic time engaging with as many teachers, thought leaders and young dancers as we could. All aspects of the contemporary dance industry was on show, and being able to share knowledge and support each other made the event a huge success for everyone associated with our own Performance Arts Awards (PAA) in Musical TheatreStreet and Jazz [dance].

    We received some fantastic feedback from teachers and course leaders; and especially enjoyed hearing the success stories that exemplify the hard work, and creativity, that we’ve seen so many of you display throughout the years.

    Competition!

    We were super excited to announce this years PAA competition! Giving delegates the chance to win to be part of a promotional video for our Performance Arts Awards syllabus by entering their details at the Move It stand! We would like to take a minute to wish everyone who entered the best of luck!  The winner will be contacted shortly.

    We hope that you caught all our favourite performances on our Instagram stories! If you’re not already, ensure you follow us on Instagram to catch up with all our stories!

    We’ll see you next year!

    The RSL Team

    RSL @ MOVE IT 2019!

    February 19th, 2019 by

    Move it 2019: Celebrating all forms of dance and performing arts!

    Move it 2019 official logo

    RSL will be attending the Move It 2019 – the U.K.’s biggest dance event – from the 8-10th March. The event is a celebration of dance in all its forms; where schools, dance enthusiasts and industry professionals can come together to exchange ideas that best support the needs of the next generation of dancers & performers.

     

    We will be at Move It discussing our PAA (Performing Arts Awards) qualifications, which aim to validate innovation and creativity in Musical Theatre, Jazz Dance and Street Dance, respectively – from Grades 1 – 8 as well as PAA Diplomas which offer three university-level Diplomas in Teaching and Performance.

    If you would like to come and say hello or find out more about our Performance Arts Awards we’ll be at Stand 624!

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    December 3rd, 2018 by

    Stagecoach Charity Gala: The Creative For Courage Life Awards 2018!

    RSL attended the Creative for Courage Life Awards last night hosted by our friends at Stagecoach at the Shaftsbury Theatre, London. The event was celebrating the achievements of talented Stagecoach students in the UK and abroad over the course of this year.  It was also in support of YoungMinds, the UK’s leading charity in improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.

    There was a great mix of attendees all from the performing arts industry and the audience was very well looked after by Stagecoach’s Managing Director, Tarquin Shaw-Young who was the main host for the night and broke down the nomination categories. Nominations included awards for Overcoming Diversity , Young Composer and the ‘Outstanding Teacher award’ which was presented by RSL’s Head of Academic, Tim Bennett-Hart.

     We enjoyed the outstanding performances from all the Stagecoach students, who delivered a blend of different styles of singing, dancing and acting in their performances. A big well done to all the nominees and congratulations to all the winners of the night!

    A huge congratulations to Stagecoach on their 30th Anniversary, doing what they do best, providing exciting opportunities for their students to perform on west end stages like they did last night.

    Performing Arts Awards syllabus Manager, Sarah Perryman(middle)
    and PAA Examiner Claire Huckle (right) with Hannah Blabey, RSL Examiner Panel Manager (Left).

     

     

     

    Top: RSL team give Stagecoach the Jazz hands! 

    RSL JOINS ISM!

    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.’

    Overview

    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.

    Biography

    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:

    https://www.ism.org/professional-development/webinars/exam-board-series-rsl