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Top 10 Violin Composers

August 4th, 2021 by

The RSL Classical Violin syllabus is on its way! And to celebrate its September launch, we’re looking at our top 10 absolute favourite composers. Can you spot yours?

Clean Bandit

English group Clean Bandit are undoubtedly one of the most unique acts in the mainstream eye today. Combining electronic music with classical pieces by composers like Mozart and Shostakovich is no mean feat, especially if you can forge a hugely successful career from it too. Their hit song “Rather Be” charted at number one on the UK Singles Chart and was the third fastest-selling single of 2014, and it spent four weeks in that position!

Clean Bandit frequently feature stringed instruments in their songs, and “Rather Be” is no exception to that. The violin introduction to this song is instantly recognisable, and so we had to include it in the RSL Classical Violin syllabus. Don’t get complacent though. Being a chart tune certainly doesn’t make this easy!

Mozart

Mozart is certainly a name that has surpassed the boundaries of the classical music world, and embedded itself into society. His clean, crisp, graceful and sophisticated melody lines and clear textures truly define the sound of the Classical era, more so than any other composer of his time. Despite his short life – he died at the age of 35 – Mozart composed more than 600 pieces (yes, you read that correctly!). He had shown an extreme ability and talent from a young age, and some of his compositions were written when he was only 5!

So it’ll come as no surprise to learn that Mozart has secured not one, but two spots in the RSL Classical Violin syllabus. Enjoy it!

Black Violin

Classically-trained and killing the game, the Black Violin duo are everything you’ve ever wanted from a strings-meets-hip-hop sound. They bring something really unique to the world of violin, and it’s something we are proud to have included in the RSL Classical Violin syllabus. They’re such a fantastic example of how a classical training can set you up to be a fantastic, technical player and performer so that you can get out there and succeed in any genre that inspires you.

Their hit track “Stereotypes” is in there for all of you Grade 1 beginners, and “Virtuoso” appears in Violin Grade 8 because we couldn’t leave out their insane technical ability. We can’t wait to hear these in the exam room!

Lili Boulanger

Lili Boulanger made history when she became the first female winner of the Prix de Rome composition prize. It was actually another famous composer, Gabriel Fauré, who discovered that she had perfect pitch at the age of 2! By the age of 5 she was accompanying her older sister Nadia to her classes at the Paris Conservatoire, and not long later was taking music theory and organ classes. She also learned how to play the piano, violin, cello and harp!

Lili Boulanger’s compositions are truly works of art, and we’d love for you to channel this prodigy energy with the RSL Classical Violin syllabus. You’ll find her “Nocturne” in Grade 6, “Cortege” in Grade 7, and the fantastic “D’un Matin de Printemps” in Grade 8. Plenty to get your hands around!

Florence Price

Florence Price was the first African-American woman to be recognised as a symphonic composer and have her composition played by a major orchestra. This was certainly an important moment in western classical music, and one that we should all be aware of!

Incredibly, a huge collection of her manuscripts were discovered in an old abandoned home in St Anne, Illinois, in 2009. We’re talking dozens of never-seen-(or heard)-before scores that would otherwise have been lost forever, including her two stunning violin concertos! Sadly, we know that some of her works were never recovered.

Thankfully, we’ve still got so much Price to enjoy, and you’ll find some of these in the RSL Classical Violin syllabus.

Bartok

Up next is one of Hungary’s greatest – Béla Bartok. Being the extraordinary folk music collector that he was, he’s the perfect fit for any violin syllabus. He was infinitely fascinated by how folk music from all over the world seemed to have no regard for the “laws” of harmony, and so he began quoting these folk melodies in his compositions frequently. And perhaps we could call him an early age tech junkie, as Bartok took a phonograph around with him to capture over 10,000 different folk tunes from all over Europe. What a guy. If you’d like to step into the world of Bartok for yourself, you can do that with RSL Classical Violin in grade 1 and in grade 2.

Jean Sibelius

You may know him from the software so many musicians have used over the years to write compositions and arrangements, but Sibelius is a very successful composer in his own right. Not only are his pieces beautiful and enchanting in equal measure, he’s also something of a hero in his native Finland where his music is often viewed as giving Finland its own national identity during its struggle to separate from Russia.

Although famous for his symphonies and orchestral works, some of which you may well have heard on opening up the Sibelius software, he also wrote a number of tunes for solo instrument. We’re delighted to have secured an appearance from this Finnish wizard on our syllabus!

Nikki Iles

You may recognise Nikki’s name from our Classical Piano syllabus, where several of her compositions make an appearance. Nikki’s approaching legendary status (if she’s not there already!) amongst her peers, and it’s no wonder.

A stalwart of the British jazz scene who draws from a seemingly neverending reserve of imagination and creativity, you’ll be blown away by “Harvest Calypso”, which you can find on our grade 4 Violin syllabus. Full of inventive rhythms and infectious melodies, this one’s a real joy to learn.

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Ignatius Sancho

A composer brimming with talent, Ignatius Sancho also has a remarkable back story. Born on a slave ship in the middle of the Atlantic, Sancho was later sold into slavery in the Spanish colony of New Grenada. After the death of both of his parents, he was brought to England where he eventually became a butler to the Duchess of Montagu, and it was his position here that would ultimately lead to his freedom from slavery.

He formed a relationship with the Duke of Montagu, who would lend him books of music, poetry and fiction. When the Duchess passed away, Ignatius Sancho was given a yearly payment of £30 (in today’s currency that would equal about £7000) and a full years’ salary. This allowed him to set off and start his own business as a shopkeeper, selling products like tobacco, sugar and tea to the people of Mayfair, Westminster. And since he owned a property, he was legally able to vote in a general election and did so twice! He is the first known black Briton to ever have voted.

Bill Withers

Okay he’s maybe not a classical composer in the traditional sense, but no one can deny that Bill Withers is one of the most talented songwriters of his generation. What makes him all the more impressive is how relatively small his discography is: most of his songs are classic!

We’ve included “Lean On Me” as one of the pop tunes on our early grades to ease beginners into the violin tradition. And why not? It’s an accessible, satisfying piece for any musician starting out, and the piece is given its full chance to shine on the violin.

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Rockschool Popular Music Theory – Notation Guidance for Digital Exams

April 29th, 2021 by

Rockschool’s Popular Music Theory Digital Exams offer unprecedented accessibility for music theory students across the world. We’ve put together some guidance to help prepare candidates for their Rockschool music theory exams.

During your music theory exam, you will be expected to complete some tasks which involve writing notation. These are completed using software called ‘Flat’, which is embedded into the online exam system. Please download the guidance below for instructions on how to access the software and some sample tasks to help you practise prior to your exam day.

Notation Guidance for Digital Rockschool Popular Music Theory Exams

Our digital theory exams combine the much loved Rockschool Popular Music Theory content with a seamless user experience. The content of our theory exams remains academically rigorous and wholly relevant to students looking to compose, arrange, and master the theoretical language that underpins western music.

Whether you are learning a musical instrument and looking for a new way to supplement your study, or you’re a teacher looking to develop your students’ wider understanding of music, our Popular Music Theory exams are a perfect fit.

LEARN MORE ABOUT ROCKSCHOOL’S DIGITAL MUSIC THEORY EXAMS

Ready to enter for your Digital Popular Music Theory exam? Click here to go to our online entry page, or if you’d like to arrange a private exam session then email business@rslawards.com.

10 Easy Steps to a Better Teacher Registry Profile in 2021

February 10th, 2021 by

We think our Teacher Registry is great, even if we do say so ourselves. It’s easy to create a profile, and very straightforward to upload all the relevant information. Best of all, it’s a completely FREE way to advertise your teaching services to thousands of potential students across the UK.

As our Teacher Registry continues to grow, teachers face more competition to get their profile noticed. At RSL we thought it would be good to give you some handy tips to improve your profile, get noticed, and stand out to potential students in 2021!

1. Upload a good quality image that reflects your teaching business

Make sure you choose a good quality photo that reflects you and your teaching business when creating your profile. Your photo doesn’t have to be a shot of you teaching someone, or a photo from a crazy angle at a gig; a photo that clearly shows your face is suitable. Of course, you may wish to include a picture of you with your instrument – just ensure it’s good quality and clear!

2.Use testimonials

RSL doesn’t officially endorse or affiliate itself with anyone on the Teacher Registry, so it’s always good to have someone else’s opinions on your teaching publicly available for others to see. Testimonials can be only two or three sentences in length but they go a long way in giving your profile credibility to someone who is not familiar with you.

Make sure you choose a good quality photo that reflects you and your teaching business when creating your profile.

3. Only upload relevant socials…

Social media is a great tool for a musician. Visibility across several platforms can be really useful, but it can get difficult to keep them all up to date. So, when uploading your profile, only choose the ones you feel accurately reflect your teaching persona and busy schedule. Your Instagram may consist of music related posts, but if your personal Facebook profile is full of dog pics then feel free to omit it from your Teacher Registry profile to maintain professionalism!

4. …and don’t create socials just for the sake of it

Although there are social media profile fields on the sign-up form, they aren’t compulsory to sign up for the Teacher Registry. There’s no need to create accounts just to fill out the fields on our form. Your teaching business might be more suited to some platforms than others, so don’t worry if you’re not on Instagram or LinkedIn – just include the most pertinent social media accounts that you feel best represent you as a musician and teacher.

5. Choose appropriate rates

Musicians are highly trained specialists, so don’t sell yourself short when choosing how much you charge. Unlike other teacher registries and tutoring websites, we don’t charge a commission on how much you earn – you get to keep ALL of your hard-earned cash without a middle man interfering. Therefore, adjust your rates to whatever suits you and your workload. However, do bear in mind that if your fees are too steep you may deter potential students. Check out ISM’s advice here.

6. Include an accurate website link

As a musician, you can really benefit from having your own website. Your own personal space on the web is perfect for posting performance clips, gig dates, and appropriate contact details. In order to optimise access to your website for students, ensure that your website address is preceded by HTTPS when signing up to our Teacher Registry. Doing this makes your site secure to access and means that we can fast-track the moderation process to get you up and running in no time!

7. Use a full link to your Twitter profile

Another common mistake is that teachers who apply to us include their Twitter handle in their Twitter section. Unfortunately our website isn’t able to link directly to Twitter handles yet, so do be sure to include a full URL link to your profile to ensure there aren’t any hitches in the moderation process.

8. Use the Additional Information section

Filling out the additional info section is not compulsory when signing up, but doing so accurately and succinctly will set you apart from other teachers and give your profile a polished look. Keep it brief, but personal. Use this box as a chance to let potential students know which instruments, grades and areas of music you specialise in, as well as what your teaching methods are likely to involve.

9. Include which instruments you teach

Potential students can filter by instrument when looking through teachers, so in order to appear to as many students as possible, be sure to include the instruments you are comfortable teaching. Remember, you can also include Music Theory and Music Production as topics for you to teach, so there are plenty of avenues for you to pursue.

10. Take pride in your profile

RSL’s Teacher Registry is a great resource that puts you, quite literally, on the map. This list should help you make the most of advertising your services and put you in a great position to secure new students and spread your love of music. We can only take you so far – now it’s up to you to sign up and submit an awesome profile that shows you at your best!

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RSL Fellow: Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE

January 15th, 2021 by

Introducing the newest RSL Honorary Fellow: Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE.

We are beyond excited to announce the awarding of an RSL Fellowship to the incredible and inspiring Muyiwa Olarewaju OBE – that’s right – O! B! E!

And if you are aware of Muyiwa’s fantastic career already (if you’re not, you soon will be!), then it will come as no surprise as to why we are so excited to be able to do this.

Gospel King!

Muyiwa is HUGE in the world of gospel music. An experienced performer, broadcaster and presenter, he is station director of the biggest gospel radio station in the UK, Premier Gospel, which gathers an impressive 180,000 listeners per month! For five years Muyiwa has also featured as a celebrity judge on BBC’s Songs of Praise Gospel Choir of the Year Competition.

Another string to Muyiwa’s extensive bow is his involvement as leader of Riversongz, a group whom as a collective have toured with Stevie Wonder, and worked with other fantastic artists such as Amy Winehouse, Pixie Lott and Emeli Sandé. The group have released five hugely successful albums, one of which held the top spot on the HMV Jazz & Blues chart for five months! In 2009 Riversongz made history by becoming the first international artists to appear on the American BET channel at the annual “Celebration of Gospel”, and in 2010 they became the first gospel group to sell out the Indigo O2 venue in London.

With all of this (and way more!) on his CV, Muyiwa is truly an exceptional example of how music education can lead towards an outstanding career.

Interview Honesty

Chairman of RSL, Norton York, presented this award to Muyiwa at Premier Gospel Radio (in a very socially distanced manner, of course!), and we had the pleasure of sitting down to chat for a while. We talked about the gift of access, finding your true voice and enjoying the moment. Oh, and of course about being the first gospel artist to be awarded an OBE!

There is so much more to learn about Muyiwa, so we’d encourage you to head to his website to see all of the wonderful things he is getting up to here.

We’re so honoured to have him as an RSL Fellow, and can’t wait to follow along with the incredible years that we know are ahead of him.

Check out the incredible line up of musicians and educators that Muyiwa will be joining here!

Classical in Conversation | Debussy

December 4th, 2020 by

No classical piano syllabus would be complete without an appearance from this influential Frenchman.

Yes, Claude Debussy is undoubtedly a key classical figure of the late 18th and early 19th century. Ever inspired by the poets and painters around him, his orchestral works and piano pieces are born from the colours and textures of Monet’s lillies, Hokusai’s “Great Wave” and the evoking words and phrases of Paul Verlaine and Charles Baudelaire.

Sweet Suite Bergamasque

Undoubtedly one of Debussy’s most well-known and iconic compositions for piano is “Clair de Lune”. If you’ve never heard it before, WHERE have you been? You probably haven’t been back to 1905 for the publication of the Suite Bergamasque, of which Clair de Lune is the third movement (he began composing the suite 15 years earlier, in 1890!).

“Clair de Lune”, French for “Moonlight”, is another piece in which Debussy leans in to his characteristic sound – a dreamlike, whimsical exploration of light, colour and sound. With inspiration drawn again from poetry, this time Paul Verlaine’s “Clair de Lune”, Debussy took his somewhat scandalous approach to harmony (remember, this was the early 1900s!) and created this meditative, calm and ethereal composition.

The piece is in D flat major but, in true Debussy style, is extremely tonally ambiguous, and never lets the listener relax into this key at all. The beginning section gives us harp-like flourishes, the middle section demands a little more of the player in terms of speed and technicality, and the third section brings us back to the initial theme, but this time in a more mysterious light. The listener does get the satisfaction of a perfect cadence right at the end (that V-I that we all know and love!), which feels like a relief to say the least.

We have the pleasure of bringing this usually more challenging piece into the realm of the Debut grade. “Clair de Lune” is a true classic for piano, and to have the opportunity to grasp this in the earlier days of learning is nothing short of wonderful!

Harmony in Motion

We couldn’t go into those upper grades without some truly demanding Debussy amongst the ranks, and so, we’ve brought the “Arabesque No.1 in E” to our Grade 8 syllabus. Another perfect example of Debussy ripping up the harmonic rule book, this piece feels atmospheric and magical. He frequently makes use of the whole-tone and pentatonic scales throughout all of his works, and this is no exception. The scales embedded within the melodies lend themselves to a light and airy feel, simply because there’s a lot of space between the notes.

It must be said that the technical difficulty in “Arabesque No.1 in E” lies not in the harmonic function, but the rhythmic complexities. Debussy uses lots of two against three polyrhythms which can be tricky to get your head around, but the end result is filled with buoyancy, with the melody sounding as though it’s floating on waves of sound.

We really hope this has inspired you to pick up some Debussy and give it a go. There is arguably nothing more rewarding than completing one of his beautiful musical “sketches” or “poems”, and basking in the glorious artistry of it all.

Artists in Focus | Emeli Sandé

September 29th, 2020 by

A Scottish success story who rose to prominence on Chipmunk’s “Diamond Rings”, and whose biggest influence is Nina Simone, Emeli Sandé’s soulful and spine-tingling songs are unmistakeable.

She’s written songs for some huge artists: Alesha Dixon, Professor Green, Devlin, Cheryl Cole and Tinie Tempah to name but a few. And this was in the early days of her career! Adele Emily Sandé had studied to become a neuroscientist, but the pull of music was too great (we’re pretty glad the music industry got her instead!).

Olympic-Excellence

Sandé’s success peaked at an incredible moment when the country was in true Olympic fever. Yes, 2012 was the year that Emeli landed herself one of the best possible gigs out there – the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies. The opening ceremony, which was later praised as a masterpiece, saw her perform Christian hymn “Abide With Me” alongside an almost haunting performance on the theme of mortality, choreographed by Akram Khan. Sandé manages to hold her nerves despite a whole 900 million people watching worldwide. We’d certainly prefer 1 examiner…

The closing ceremony was successful in equal measure! Emeli performed in the “Rush Hour” segment of the evening, the first live part of the ceremony. She appears on top of a truck to sing one verse of her hit “Read All About It (Part III)”, which has since become her highest streamed track with over 215 million streams on Spotify alone. The truck drives her away and the rest of the 3-hour performance continues. A truly spectacular achievement for Emeli whom at the time was still a relatively new breakthrough act.

Her first album, Our Version Of Events, was toured from 2011 to 2013, surrounding her Olympic performances, and was a huge success. She supported the enormous Coldplay on their Mylo Xyloto tour and went on to play many shows across America and Europe. Our Version Of Events was a huge success, selling 5.4 million copies. Towards the end of her tour she played alongside some other huge artists like Ed Sheeran, Rudimental, Jessie J and Soul II Soul for a concert in tribute to Stephen Lawrence, the young black British boy who was killed in a racial attack in 1993.

Charity

Emeli has never shied away from working with organisations to help raise awareness on issues she is passionate about. In 2013 she was part of the AIDS Foundation concert hosted by Elton John. Sandé’s mother is Scottish but her father’s home origin is Zambia, so she is extremely passionate and understands the seriousness of the HIV/AIDS crisis. Emeli also launched the “Community Clavinova’, which is a nationwide opportunity for organizations to receive free clavinovas who may not otherwise be able to, in partnership with Yamaha UK.

Keys Cover Girl

If you’ve picked up a copy of our Keys Debut book, you will know that Emeli is the cover star, and her song “Next to Me” is featured inside. Also from the album Our Version Of Events, the song was a huge hit, peaking at number 2 on the UK Singles chart! It also became her first song to make it into the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, reaching number 25 there. Not bad for a debut album!

To top it all off, in 2017 Sandé was awarded the Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, and an MBE. Yes, an MBE for her services to music. You might say that she’s had a pretty successful few years!

If you happened to miss it (we forgive you), you can have a listen to the album that shot Sandé to success. Enjoy!

We’ll see you again next Tuesday for another Artists in Focus! In the meantime, catch up with some of our previous blog posts: Snarky Puppy, James Brown, and Kaki King.

Artists in Focus | James Brown

September 15th, 2020 by

Singer, songwriter, band leader, dancer, musician, producer… there really isn’t much that James Brown can’t do.

With a career that spanned over 50 years, from the mashed potato to social commentary and activism, Brown is nothing short of a legend.

I Got You (I Feel Good)

If you haven’t heard this song before, where have you been?!

Perhaps one of Brown’s most well-known tracks, this song was also the highest charting of his career too. It was originally recorded for the Out Of Sight album, but was eventually released on his live album, Live At The Apollo. Believe it or not, James was actually advised not to release Live At The Apollo because “live albums are bad sellers” … Needless to say, it became an immediate hit on its release. Have a listen below!

“I Got You (I Feel Good)” was the track that we chose to include in our Bass grade 4 syllabus, and the reasons for this should come as no surprise. The relentless bass riff that runs throughout the song acts as both a harmonic and rhythmic driver of the 12-bar blues. Throw in some funky drum patterns, syncopated rhythmic unisons and an outstanding Maceo Parker sax solo, and you’ve got yourself a masterpiece. Of course, no James Brown song would be complete without his characteristic screams and shouts too, of which there are plenty.

Brown the Performing Perfectionist

Despite his fun-loving demeanour on stage, James was known to pile on the pressure behind the scenes. He had high expectations for his band members and required extreme amounts of discipline from them. James would give out fines or even fire band members who did not adhere to his strict commands!

Brown’s explosive and lively performances were highly acclaimed, and thus his shows needed a big band to match his even bigger stage presence. His final show had an incredible 3 guitarists, 2 bassists, 2 drummers, 3 horn players and a percussionist all onstage! Of course, all his signature dance moves were on display too: leaps, splits, slides, and even the mashed potato (yes, the dance kind, not the vegetable kind!). To be in the crowd for a James Brown show was to be in for a dramatic ride!

Activism

For a long time, Brown was nervous to speak on civil rights issues in his music, for fear of losing some of his audience. However, after some pressure from other black activists to use his platform to say more on these issues, Brown really began to immerse himself in social activism too. His song “Say It Loud – I’m Black And Proud” became an anthem for the civil rights movement.

After growing up in extreme poverty himself, Brown was hugely passionate about keeping young people in school. He released a song called “Don’t Be A Drop Out”, and donated all royalties to a drop-out prevention charity. He also wrote “Killing Is Out, Schooling Is In”, the title of which speaks for itself. In 1971, James began touring Africa, and in Lagos, Nigeria, he was made “freeman of the city” for his “influence on black people all over the world”.

We’ve barely scratched the surface of James Brown’s career in this blog as his successes are hard to quantify in so few words. However, being number 7 in the Rolling Stone “100 Greatest Artists of All-Time” list goes some of the way to demonstrating this. Up there with The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Bob Dylan and Elvis Presley, Brown belongs among some of the greatest musicians that the world has ever seen.

Thanks for joining us for another week of Artists in Focus. We love putting the spotlight on one of our favourite musicians each week, and we hope you do too! If you haven’t checked out last week’s addition, you can view that here.

Keeping Records – Why Is It Important? | Guest Blog

March 10th, 2020 by

As a self-employed person, record keeping is an essential part of our yearly routine to make sure our business runs by the book in the eye of the taxman! To follow up our article about Claiming Expenses for Music Teachers, we are going to discuss the importance of record keeping.

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

When you submit your tax return at the end of the financial year, you should have a collection of records to back up the claims you are putting forward. The records you keep will help determine a number of things such as your tax amount owed, the expenses that are deducted from your tax bill and your overall business profit and loss.

Records for Income

When you earn money, it is helpful to keep a record of this. Many music teachers use invoices with students as a proof of booking. This isn’t essential to your record keeping, but it is useful should you ever need to prove your income.

When tracking income for the business, an Excel spreadsheet is a good tool to utilise. You can create income records for each student for each month of the year. This allows you to filter by student name, by date, by month and more.

Having this master record of every pound that enters your business over the year is the starting point for working out everything else.

Records for Outgoings

Your business outgoings are your expenses. This is the money that you spend in order for your business to run. Knowing exactly what your income and outgoings are over the financial year allows HMRC to provide you with an accurate tax estimate.

Outgoing records are very important. If you are spending money that you plan to claim as a business expense you must have proof to back this up.

Proof of expenditure would be things like receipts or email invoices for products and services that you might have acquired for your business. For your home office expenses, you would need to be able to provide proof of your utility bills and rental costs.

guitar-teacher-claiming-expenses

Outgoing records are very important. If you are spending money that you plan to claim as a business expense you must have proof to back this up.

Don’t forget to keep a mileage log for claiming travel expense! Our guide to claiming expenses outlines the sort of things that you can claim for against your tax bill.

If you use a digital accountancy tool such as Quickbooks, you have the facility to scan in receipts and invoices so that you can keep digital copies rather than filing away loads of paper copies. This can save a lot of time when it comes to submit your accounts so that you aren’t rummaging around through a box of a thousand pieces of paper!

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…

Practise with Purpose: updated for 2020

March 5th, 2020 by

Practising can often feel like a chore, especially when a concert or exam is looming. It is important to use a practice diary and vary your routine to stay positive and motivated. Give yourself regular goals, and suddenly it’s not that boring after all!

Keep us posted on how your exam preparation is going by tweeting us @RSLAwards using the hashtag #practisewithpurpose.

Practise with Purpose

Practising regularly is key to any musician’s development, regardless of where they are on their musical journey. An absolute beginner and an experienced professional will practise in very different ways, but both will need a routine that helps them to maximise their potential by attaining new skills, and then maintaining and building on them.

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If this is something you think your practice sessions could profit from, then try out RSL’s practice diary to help you practise with purpose, set realistic and achievable goals, and stay motivated! Practice is not about reaching perfection – it is about being better than you were yesterday.

How Can RSL’s Practice Diary Help?

This practice diary helps you keep track of your daily practice and monitor your own progress. Master a technique, nail a performance piece, and prepare for your next Rockschool exam.

On each page you’ll find space to make notes on your weekly practice routine to ensure that your sessions are as productive as possible, and that you are well prepared for the different sections of the Rockschool exams. Throughout the diary there are tips from some of the teachers on our RSL Teacher Registry – use these to inspire and motivate you along the way. You can find hundreds of Rockschool teachers on our Teacher Registry HERE.

Stay in Tune

We have included some blank sheet music as well as individual boxes for warm ups, supporting tests, and performance pieces that will allow you to identify your strengths and weaknesses, ultimately leading to more efficient and rewarding practice.

Happy practising!

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