Category: Performing Arts Awards

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

COVID–19: Information for PAA Exam Centres

June 8th, 2020 by

Here at RSL Awards, we’re doing everything we can to ensure students get rewarded for all of their hard work by providing safe environments for them to take their PAA graded exams this Summer and beyond.

The safety of our candidates, examiners and centre partners is paramount and we will be implementing strict safety guidelines, as listed in our guidance below, to ensure a safe examination experience.

COVID–19: PAA Exam Centre Guidance

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

To book a PAA exam day, discuss a postponed session or for general guidance, please email paa@rslawards.com and a member of the team will get back to you.

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

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

Queens Awards 2018

April 21st, 2018 by

RSL wins the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade!

We are delighted and proud to announce that we have won the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade! We feel honoured that RSL received recognition and appreciation for the achievements it has accomplished through the years.

Established in 1965 , the Queen’s Award for Enterprise celebrates the UK’s small and medium sized businesses. Widely regarded as the most prestigious business awards in the country, the 2018 award marks the 52nd anniversary of the scheme.

A presentation ceremony will be conducted at RSL HQ by the Lord-Lieutenant of the County as HM The Queen’s representative. Additionally, HM The Queen will host a reception at Buckingham Palace for representatives of the winning companies on the 28th June 2018, with Founder Norton York and RSL’s CEO, John Simpson, in attendance on behalf of the company.

 

RSL @ THE EDUCATION SHOW

March 15th, 2018 by

RSL @ THE EDUCATION SHOW

We are excited to be exhibiting at the NEC Education Show on the 15-16th of March, 2018.  Join a variety of talented professionals from the education industry ranging from: thought leaders, exhibitors, sponsors and trade buyers. This is a great opportunity for schools, colleges and training provider representatives to develop ideas and reflect on their current strategies.

The Education Show is known for helping to bring classrooms to life, and we will be there sharing our own top tips and advice to help you further inspire the next generation of learners. Our team will also be discussing the wider benefits of Rockschool Graded Music Exams, Vocational Qualification’s and Performance Arts Awards: tailor-made qualifications for all-comers.

There will be some great seminars across both days; brought to you by informed, enthusiastic education professionals, with a wealth of experience in the sector. Click here to see the full seminar programme to find the talks that best address your interests.

Seminars include: