Category: Performing Arts Awards

PAA Return to the [Virtual] Stage Playback

September 30th, 2021 by

On Friday 17th September we held a series of talks over Zoom on how you can get the most out of the existing Performance Arts Awards materials as well as exploring the latest additions to the PAA collection.

It was a great day and we’re delighted to now be able to share the recordings with you. We’ll be adding the sessions individually over the coming weeks below and on our YouTube channel, starting with the Introduction session. Check out the full programme listing below to see what’s in store!

Act One, Scene 1: Introduction followed by Acting warm-up

Act One, Scene 2: Acting presentation

Act One, Scene 3: PAA Jazz Dance and Street Dance followed by Dance Q&A

Act Two, Scene 1: PAA Musical Theatre Workshop

Act Two, Scene 2: Exam process with Rebecca Minchin (PAA Exams Officer)

Act Two, Scene 3: Musical Theatre Presentation

Act Two, Scene 4: Q+A

Act I

10:00 Scene I: Introduction followed by PAA Acting warm-up

An introduction to Rockschool and PAA followed by an Acting warm up with physical, facial and vocal exercises.

11:00 Scene II: Acting Presentation, including announcement on Screen Acting to be launched soon and Q&A

An introduction and look at our new acting syllabus with Jacquie Kirke.

12:00 Scene III: PAA Jazz Dance and Street Dance followed by Dance Q&A

An in depth look at our PAA Graded Dance exams with Michelle Taylorson.

13:00 Interval

Act II

14:00 Scene I: PAA Musical Theatre Workshop

Learn a Musical Theatre dance routine suitable for grade ones with Michelle Taylorson.

14:30 Scene II: Exam process with Rebecca Minchin (PAA Exams Officer)

Find out how to book a PAA exam.

15:00 Scene III: Musical Theatre Presentation

A look into our Musical Theatre Graded exams with Jacquie Kirke.

16:00 Finale: Final Musical Theatre show clip, followed by Q&A

Your chance to ask questions to all things related to our PAA Syllabus.

PAA Musical Theatre Virtual RSL On Tour Webinar Playback

June 16th, 2021 by

Welcome to the playback of our recent Virtual RSL On Tour webinar digging into the realms of PAA Musical Theatre!

Led by RSL Awards’ very own Jacquie Kirke (PAA Syllabus Consultant & Senior Examiner) & David Jones (Business Development Executive, UK & ROI), our team of experts explore the PAA Musical Theatre syllabus. This session has been designed for you to find out more about the PAA Musical Theatre Graded Exam content, benchmarked assessment criteria, exam options and find out how this syllabus can work for you and your students.

For more information regarding the Syllabus Specification & Exam Options, please see our dedicated PAA Musical Theatre Graded Exams webpages.

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RSL Awards have recently partnered up with The School Musicals Company to create three specially-arranged shows for use towards PAA Musical Theatre Exams. Available shows are: Paws and Claws, Pantastic and The Jungle Book. 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.

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Interested in learning more about the new PAA Acting syllabus? Click the button below to watch our recent PAA Acting webinar and to find out more about this exciting new syllabus…

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PAA Acting Virtual RSL On Tour Webinar Playback

May 25th, 2021 by

Welcome to the playback of our recent Virtual RSL On Tour webinar diving into the world of PAA Acting!

Led by RSL Awards’ very own David Jones and Dan Francis, our team of experts explore the brand new PAA Acting syllabus. This session has been designed for you to understand the academic rigour at each level of qualification, the rationale behind the syllabus, and a breakdown of what students will need to do at each grade.

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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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.

    LEARN MORE

    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.

    COVID–19: Information for PAA Exam Centres

    July 16th, 2020 by

    The UK government has announced that Step 4, the final stage of the roadmap for England, will be implemented from 19th July 2021.

    This means that:

    • All remaining limits on social contact will be removed
    • All settings will be able to open, and large events such as concerts and sporting events can resume without any limits on attendance
    • Social distancing rules and legal requirements to wear a face covering will be lifted

    At the same time the Government will be publishing five principles for managing Covid-19 as we learn to live with the virus.

    At RSL Awards, we implemented guidance for delivering PAA exams during the pandemic in June 2020. As we move into a post-lockdown environment, we will be retaining this guidance in the form of recommendations. We encourage and expect all candidates, teachers, examiners, and others attending examination venues to continue to adhere to these guidelines whenever practical and feasible, and also to respect the wishes of others regarding social contact and distancing.

    COVID–19: PAA Exam Centre Guidance

    We remain aware of the different approaches being taken across England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and internationally. Where local requirements mean that certain rules need to be adhered to, we will of course run exams in a way which complies with those rules.

    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

    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