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Rockschool Stories | Hannah Fieldhouse

November 6th, 2019 by

Hannah Fieldhouse has been teaching guitar, bass and Ukulele for over 10 years alongside her commitment to Midlands metal band, Winter Storm (lead guitar/lead vocals). Hannah personally delivers Skype lessons as well as working for arts and music education charity, Severn Music, based in Worcestershire.

We caught up with Hannah to discuss music education, her favourite elements of the Rockschool material and her goals for the future.

“Every student should have the option to learn music – for their well-being as well as a means to develop a new skill.”

Can you give us a brief explanation of your teaching operation?

I have been teaching for over a decade, and currently teach over 100 children guitar and ukulele in primary schools across Worcestershire. Outside of school I teach students privately, and regularly enter students for Rockschool graded exams through RSL. I hold a BA (Hons) in Music and PGCE in Post Compulsory Education, and have been performing in bands for fifteen years. Currently, I front UK based band Winter Storm (Melodic/Symphonic/Prog Metal) in which I play lead guitars/sing and we have just released our third album Relapse In Time.

Hannah also performs with metal-band, Winter Storm (Lead Vocals/Lead Guitar)

How long have you been using Rockschool, and why has it worked for you?

Rockschool has been an aid for my own playing for over 15 years. Ever since gaining my Grade 8 in Rockschool Guitar, I have been running instrumental tuition, both privately and in schools. It was a no-brainer once I saw how much my students enjoyed the variety of styles and genres within each grade book. It helps your students achieve exactly what they need to at each stage of their development as young musicians, so I’ve continued to use it year after year.

Hannah performs Rockschool’s ‘Meet Darth Ear’ on her Vimeo channel

What’s your favourite performance piece to teach, and how does it improve your learners?

That’s a tricky one! My ukulele students are especially enjoying ‘Demons’ by Imagine Dragons at the moment, as well as ‘Another Dime’ from the Rockschool Electric Guitar Debut syllabus. It really depends on the student, which is great because the variety made available to students means that they can learn the fundamental techniques associated with their instrument by connecting with music that speaks to them.

What’s your favourite Rockschool Supporting Test to teach, and why is it important for your learners?

I believe that sight reading is really valuable as it teaches students to play in time, as well as learn note values – which is really going to help them in the future. It encompasses several musical skills, which is excellent when considering the support needed to be as well rounded a musician as you can be. The option for Improvisation & Interpretation is a great option for the more advanced learners (as well as being a lot of fun). Students can develop their scale knowledge as well as embellishments such as slides, hammer ons, pull offs, vibrato etc. This is where they really start to express themselves and define what kind of player they want to be, which is exciting for them.

What’s your favourite learner success story?

There have been several. It’s always a great experience when your school students work really hard and achieve so much in a short amount of time. I had two Grade 1 students both getting over 90% on their exams recently, and that’s always really rewarding. Some of my students have gone on to join their own professional bands and become working musicians, which is what I will always be most proud of given how much work you’ve seen them put it to finally get their career started.

What musician(s) inspired you to start playing, and why?

There have been quite a few! When I first started it was Eva Cassidy, but as I started to get more into Metal and Rock I was largely inspired by Paul Gilbert, John Petrucci, Joe Satriani, Troy Stetina, Jennifer Batten and Guthrie Govan. I love listening to players like Django Reindhart, Andy McKee and Michael Romeo too – there’s just so many amazing musicians to be inspired by as a guitarist, it’s hard to list them all!

Django in New York, 1946. You can find ‘Minor Swing’ on the new Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Syllabus

Do you have any favourite personal experiences as a musician?

With Winter Storm we’ve been lucky to be a part of some incredible tour supports, performing alongside bands like Delain, Sirenia, The Birthday Massacre, Alestorm, Theatres Des Vampires, Leaves’ Eyes, and Stream of Passion (to name a few). For me, a huge highlight has been getting to perform at festivals such as Bloodstock Open Air, Wizzfest, HRH Metal and Hammerfest. I feel really fortunate to be able to integrate teaching and performing into my life as I’m rewarded in so many different ways.

Do you have any goals for the future of your teaching business?

I’m going to keep expanding my tuition into more schools, hopefully bringing as much new, inspiring knowledge to children as possible. Every student should have the option to learn music – for their well-being as well as a means to develop a new skill – I’ve seen up-close the positive effect it has on their confidence, creativity, and overall academic performance.

What reasons would you give to encourage young musicians to teach others?

The students learning will always be rewarding, but it’s all the things you learn on a personal level that make teaching so special.

That’s it for this weeks instalment of Rockschool Stories. We’d like to thank Hannah for her time and wish her all the best, both on the stage and in the classroom!

You can contact Hannah regarding her music tuition via her RSL Teacher Registry profile and keep up with her band, Winter Storm, by visiting their Bandcamp page here.

For further info about Severn Arts Education Charity:

Teach Music Abroad with a Rockschool Professional Diploma

October 30th, 2019 by

Deciding whether or not to teach music abroad can be a tough decision to make. There are of course a number of things to consider before picking up your instruments and jetting off to immerse yourself in a completely different country and culture! However, research shows more and more people in the music education field are choosing to experience a global adventure whether it’s through studying or teaching.

So, you’ve been playing music for a while. It’s your passion and now you’re ready to share your knowledge with the world. Usually this type of language would lead to musicians using their skills and knowledge to progress music students in their local area – but why stop there? Music is a language that can be understood around the world – why not use it to travel, explore and experience potentially life changes events in the process?

Well, with RSL’s internationally recognised Professional Diplomas you can do just that! Designed to support creative professionals in their music and performing arts careers, teaching music overseas could become a reality for those with a passion for different musical cultures, and a desire to engage in experiences that develop personal and professional growth.

With that said, here are our top 5 Benefits of teaching abroad:

1. Explore Different Cultures

One of the most exciting elements that comes from travelling, is that it allows you to develop a whole new mind set and way of life, far removed from what you’ve become accustomed to in your home nation. It is the perfect opportunity to really challenge yourself by getting out of  your comfort zone and learning about new places,  people and cultures. The great thing is you can do all this while doing what you love doing most, teaching music!

2. Discover New Styles and Genres

Teaching abroad not only allows you to share your music knowledge with others, it’s also a great opportunity to discover different music styles, beats, rhythms and musical histories. It is a great way to get a better understanding of the traditional aspects of different music styles and how they have developed over time. You never know, you might find that these experiences influences both your own playing and teaching methods.

China: Rockschool drums clinic

3. The Global Language of Music!

Music is in itself, a global language that can be used to communicate with anyone else who speaks it. If you haven’t thought about this before, teaching abroad will definitely help you realise the authenticity of this expression through your experiences with the students and musicians you’ll meet on your travels.

“Language has melody — which linguists call prosody. Exactly these same features — pitch, rhythm, and tempo — are used to convey emotion in speech, in a way that appears to be universal across languages.”

You can read more about this subject in “Is Music a Universal Language?” by David Ludden (Ph.D.) for Psychology Today here.

4. Take Your Lessons With You!

The great thing about being a musician is not only can you travel with your instruments, but thanks to advanced technologies such as music players, phone devices and streaming services, it’s so easy to have access to all your favourite music no matter where you are in the world. This can also include all of your teaching resources and supporting audio, which means you can start teaching lessons as you would at home, straight away!

India: Rockschool student showcase

5. Connect with Other Musicians

Not only do you get the opportunity to share your expertise on your travels, but you can also connect with other musicians who you can learn from, or even collaborate with encouraging you to develop new skills. If you would like to contact the RSL reps that exist in over 45 countries around the world, simply follow the link in the button below and click on the RSL International page of your choice:


If you have any personal experience using RSL resources to teach music around the world, then we’d love to hear from you! E-mail us directly at and we’ll get right back to you!

Rockschool Stories | Tony Stevenson – Tony’s Tuition

October 18th, 2019 by

With over 11 years teaching experience and over 20 years as a guitar player, 29 year old Tony Stevenson has been using Rockschool resources alongside his own teaching methods to inspire and educate music students throughout the East Midlands.

Tony sits down for a lesson with one of his students

What made you choose Rockschool’s resources for your music lessons?

I studied Rockschool as a child, teenager and still now as an adult. I’ve always had a keen interest in the tracks produced, the setup and structure of the syllabus and the exams process. I have experience using RGT and ABRSM as both a student and a teacher, but I find Rockschool’s syllabus and style much more appealing for what I’d like to achieve as a musician and an educator. I started teaching my first Rockschool grades to music students in 2016, and haven’t looked back!

Why did you start teaching music and what do you enjoy most about it?

My teaching journey began at a local primary school, shortly after graduating from university with my music degree. During this time, I joined up with a company that taught group guitar lessons as a way to earn some extra income and take on a new challenge. I really enjoyed it and quickly became quite a proficient tutor. Shortly after I started working at a music school in the Midlands area. This completely overtook my primary school career as I found it to be a much more enjoyable and rewarding experience.

Unfortunately, the owner decided to move south and take the business with him, which forced me to take on some of the clients myself, who I taught at my home on a 1-1 basis. After doing this for a little while, I realised this was the direction I wanted to take my career in 2015/16, and thus began my self-employed guitar teaching journey! I now host multiple student showcases, and have recently taken on my 40th student!

What I enjoy most about my career as a music teacher is working with students that have an enthusiasm to learn from the outset because of how passionate they are about the subject. Back in primary school most kids would enjoy the lessons, but, naturally there would always be groups of kids that had very little interest in what was being taught. It didn’t resonate with them personally, which is probably the same reason that drove me to specialise my own teaching. As a 1-1 tutor, I know the students coming to me come because they have a keen interest in music and want to emulate those they look up to. This makes my job much more enjoyable and its really rewarding every time I get to see these students succeed – regardless of age or skill level.

Period C Rockschool Deadline

What has been your most memorable teaching experience?

The most memorable situation for me was my first student showcase. Whilst very nerve racking, the turnout was great and it was a smashing success. Seeing my students up on stage in-front of 100 odd people for the first time was really special. Not only were they performing their own song choices and grade pieces publicly, they openly conversed about their own experiences and we all had a lot of fun afterwards. It was an experience I’ll never forget. This is something I now replicate every six months, and I’ve even begun collaborating with another music teacher, giving us even a larger show, with more attendees. It’s great to see this event grow and how it serves to unify the local community of music students and their teachers.

How do you think students can benefit from gaining Rockschool grade exams?

Over the years I have also devised my own curriculum that I use alongside the Rockschool syllabus. When speaking with a student about transferring over to Rockschool, one of the biggest points I always mention is that a Rockschool grade is an internationally recognised qualification that can help confirm their progress. If my student were to speak with another musician and say “I’m a moderate level 8 student with Tony’s Tuition”, it doesn’t tell them as much as “I’ve passed Grade 8 Rockschool Guitar”. The skills are more instantly recognisable and benchmarked, making them instantly more transferable. The Rockschool grades also look great on a students’ CV, with the added extra of credits towards university. This is why I push students to move on to the curriculum, if it matches their ambition.

How has the RSL’s Teacher Registry benefited your business?

Whilst being on multiple registries, the RSL registry is a direct route. This should hopefully mean they’ve also researched Rockschool in some detail, and thus know exactly what to expect. It’s such a simple, clean and easy platform to use. It’s very user friendly. I’d highly recommend it to other budding Rockschool teachers.

What advice would you give to someone using Rockschool material for the first time?

Research! Thoroughly research the grading material, use the Rockschool companion guides, and make sure you have some grades under your own belt so you know first-hand exactly what kind of advice to give your students as they prepare for an exam.

What advice would you give to new music teachers just starting out?

Scaffolding! Structure absolutely everything in bite-sized pieces. One of my mistakes when taking on my first student, was to glaze over everything I knew. I found that by rushing through each piece of material to ‘keep it fresh’, I actually had given myself less scope to teach after a few months. Realistically, the student could barely remember anything they’d been taught other than basics, because everything was too rushed. Take each piece slowly, and get them playing along to the backing tracks as soon as you can (even if it’s only a very small section like the introduction), this always helps build their confidence.

A big thanks to Tony for giving us his time. If you’d like to inquire into his music teaching services, you can find his RSL Teacher Registry profile here!

You can also visit Tony’s Tuition online by clicking on the logo below!

RSL @ Music and Drama Education Expo 2019

October 7th, 2019 by

Events: Music & Drama Education Expo Manchester 2019

We’re looking forward to exhibiting at the Music & Drama expo at Old Trafford, Manchester this Thursday 10th October 2019

Register your FREE entrance and feel free to come and talk to RSL! You can catch us at stand R3 and find out more about the RSL’s graded music exams including the brand new acoustic guitar syllabus and get a first class introduction to RSL’s latest resources including the interactive sheet music tool, Replay, Rockschool’s Piano Method for beginners and the new and improved Teacher Registry!

This is also a great opportunity to find out more about RSL’s PAA and VQ qualifications and get your get all your questions answered by our industry professionals.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Register HERE

Rockschool International: World Teachers’ Day 2019

October 4th, 2019 by

World Teachers’ Day celebrates the role teachers play in providing quality education at all levels, enabling children and adults of all ages to learn and contribute to both local and global communities.

International Teachers’ Day is a chance for us to recognise all of our music teachers worldwide. We appreciate all of the hard-work, patience and devotion that goes into teaching music to a range of ages and skill levels all around the world. We also recognise that the reasons an individual chooses to teach aren’t (exclusively) about money or status. The reasons for passing on a creative craft can often stem from a more personal place, and while that can usually be expressed in a myriad of ways, they are almost all united by the desire to impact peoples’ lives positively.

With that in mind, we have reached out to a few of our Rockschool teachers from different nations to understand how Rockschool is being used in their corner of the world. We asked each of them a group of questions (that some of you will recognise from our ‘Rockschool Stories’ series) and put them all side-by-side. What we get is a really insightful set of answers that highlight the unifying power of music, despite the thousands of miles that separate each of these Rockschool music teachers.

Our three educators are:

Can you give us a brief explanation of your teaching business? Include any achievements you’d like to highlight.

FSN: I am a full time music teacher at Cristofori Music School and a freelance guitar instructor in Singapore. A highlight has been my performance for Rockschool Singapore’s Concert in 2017 and 2018. It has been really rewarding to take part in Rockschool’s teaching seminars here in Singapore for the last few years as well.

LP: As an educator, I mainly teach Rockschool Bass Guitar (with students starting from around the age of 11-12), Music Production (at all grades) and Popular Music Theory. I believe the practical should always work alongside the theoretical to enrich the students and provide a full education.

MR: I have taught Rockschool Electric and Acoustic Guitar and Vocals since 2005. I can’t believe that’s almost 15 years! After a couple of years of doing private lessons, in 2011 me and my wife founded our school, Music Harmony, in my hometown of Novi Sad, Serbia. Our main mission and vision is to link classical and popular music, to make a crossover between these two meta-genres. I feel students can learn a lot from studying both alongside each other.

Rockschool Acoustic Guitar ALL Grades

How long have you been using Rockschool, and why has it worked for you?

LP: It has been 5 years now with Rockschool, and it really works for me because of its industry relevance and perfectly balanced grading system. The songs in the books are well suited at all stages in both entertainment and educational value – which is a really hard balance to strike when you’re trying to teach such a potentially complex and challenging subject, such as modern music.

FSN: 3 years. Rockschool is a good platform to introduce various genres in-full. When you package the songs, technical exercises, stylistic studies, ear tests and general musicianship together, you really start to understand how much each student it getting out of every syllabus. It’s still so rewarding every single time I see another student succeed.

MR: I have been using Rockschool since 2014. I’m still really satisfied with. So much so, I proudly started working as a Rockschool Serbia rep last year. This has not only helped my business a lot – recently becoming one of the biggest music schools in Serbia – but the growth itself has seen us reach more young musicians than we could’ve expected, which I hope is having an effect on the level of music education here in the process.

What’s your favourite performance piece to teach, and how does it improve your learners?

LP: I haven’t got a favourite one, but I really dig anything that ventures into blues-rock (at all grades), as they provide the best platform for building techniques upon – for those who’re looking to develop bass-lines of their own further down the line. Whether it’s a solo, or just working on general grooves, these tracks are always providing a lot of substance to their musical education.

FSN: There are so many of them, but if I have to choose it will have to be ‘Fallout’ from electric guitar, grade 3. The piece has such a cool groove whilst being a very technical piece to master. It teaches the student new techniques, control, patience, timing and a new set of rhythms to play around with.

MR: One of my favourite pieces is ‘Overrated’ because it’s the time when I get to introduce playing octaves on guitar to my students. It’s an essential part of their journey on the instrument, so it’s always really satisfying when they finally get it. Also, I can’t forget ‘Hit it Harder’! A good appreciation of the shuffle/swing is so important for playing the blues. It opens up a door to playing so many more, really great tracks later on.

What’s your favourite test to teach, and why is it important for your learners?

FSN: ‘Improvisation’ is something students, and even seasoned musicians, can struggle to execute consistently. The art of playing with freedom – playing with ‘feel’ – takes a lot of hard-work and isn’t something you can just do. A grade system instils a sense of work ethic, which is important for learners who want to express themselves and trust in their instinct to improvise or to create their own original compositions later on.

MR: My favourite test is ‘Sight Reading’, because I love to introduce a different way of thinking about reading music to students. I always spend more time telling them how important this is than any of type of test included in the Rockschool grades. Since I am a half classical, half popular music musician/educator, I tend to use my wider knowledge from both meta-genres, and exploit the merits in both forms to educate students in a different, but more cohesive way.

LP: ‘Ear Tests’ are my favourite test as they are the most difficult ones, but the most useful for a musician at any stage and at any level. I think a lot of people may not train themselves in a skillset like this if left alone, so the Rockschool method makes sure this in imbedded early; which, from experience, I have seen the worth of with many of my students as they progress.

What’s your favourite learner success story?

MR: I do not have a singular story, but any of my students who managed to go all the way from the introductory grades all the way up to Grade 8 (and beyond), are a true inspiration to me due to their commitment and dedication. It takes a lot of effort, drive and perseverance, so it’s always an amazing thing to witness.

FSN: I have recently had a student with no musical direction, no foundational knowledge, and no appreciation for an array of influential genres; and through the Rockschool syllabus they now have a concrete path to travel with goals to meet. (He now loves reggae and the blues.)

LP: I got one of my bass students ready for an admission that needed a completed Grade 8 as part of the entry requirements. So, we started using the new Rockschool bass book from last year. I watched her work really hard, get her skills way up, and is now in her first year of a Music (BA) in London. These are the good moments.

What musician(s) inspired you to start playing, and why?

FSN: Andy Larocque (King Diamond) for phrasing, Michael Angelo Batio (Nitro) for speed and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein (Misfits) for sheer brutality! Enough said? Haha!

LP: I started playing the bass guitar, slapping like mad the way Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) does (or did), but then I discovered the Beatles. To me, it was pure bliss. Such wonderful songs to play-a-long to; such awesome and mature bass-lines; and all of those groundbreaking recording trick and techniques to learn and now, teach!

MR: First of all, it was Eric Clapton (the God!). Then, over time I discovered all of the other great bands and solo performers from that period. It would still have to be Clapton, because of his strong will to continue playing despite all the obstacles life put in front of him.

Do you have any goals for the future of your teaching business? If so, explain what they are and why they’re important to you.

MR: As a Rockschool representative, and a music teacher, I want to spread the word about rockschool to all the folks In Serbia as much as I can. This is important to me personally, because there’s so much pontential for students to have gaps in their music education they can be rectified by this methodology. I want to use Rockschool’s resources as a way to further develop the landscape of music education in my country, and I’m glad I’m getting the support I need to do this.

FSN: I am currently preparing myself for a Level 6 Teaching Diploma with Rockschool. It is important for my role as a modern music teacher to be at my best and for the creditability that comes with earning such a great qualification. I have been informed that the updated versions are on their way, so I’ll be applying as soon as they’re available!

LP: The goal is to get my students ready for taking the Level 6 Diplomas (in any discipline) and get them straight into the business on their own terms, having a recognised qualifications that matches their passion and skill level.

We’d like to thank Luca, Marko and Firdaus for taking the time to talk to us! If you have an inspiring Rockschool teacher you’d like us to interview, please feel free to contact us directly by emailing us directly.


Rockschool-Student-to-Rock-Star… with Max Helyer

September 18th, 2019 by

You Me at Six Guitarist, Max Helyer, recently joined us for a conversation to explore his personal account of how he used Rockschool’s guitar books to expand his playing early on, before joining what would become one of the world’s biggest rock/pop groups for the 2010’s.

You Me at Six’s acclaimed debut album, ‘Take Off Your Colours’, included such hits as ‘Kiss and Tell’ and ‘Save it for the Bedroom’. Six years and three albums later, they found themselves Number 1 on the UK album chart with 2014’s ‘Cavalier Youth’. The band have toured with the likes of Paramore, Fall Out Boy and Thirty Seconds to Mars; selling over 15 million albums worldwide in the process.

“Rockschool gave me a foundation, forced me out of my comfort zone early, and expanded my guitar playing in the process; and I hope the next generation of musicians can be inspired to achieve their own goals based on my own experience.”

After discussing his Rockschool-to-Rockstar story, we were really keen for Max to be involved in our latest project: the re-tune of Rockschool Acoustic Guitar syllabus, due this September. Joining up with the Rockschool session band this summer at Livingston Studios, Max laid down the acoustic parts for his own composition, You Me at Six’s “Take on the World”, which will be of the six new tracks to appear at grade 3.

“When Rockschool approached me with their ideas for a brand-new acoustic guitar syllabus, including their desire to use our [You Me at Six] song “Take on the World’, I instantly remembered being back in college learning my [Rockschool] Grade 4. Fast-forward 10-11 years later and I’m now recording with them after my own band has gone on to release 6, going on 7 albums, and played headline shows to over 20,000 people – it’s pretty amazing how things have turned out. “

Rockschool Acoustic Guitar ALL Grades


Max was also presented with an honorary Rockschool Fellowship Certificate at 2019’s RSL Teacher Conference. These certificates are awarded in recognition of educational and professional excellence.

If, like Max many years ago, you’re currently preparing for your latest guitar exam, we wish you the best of luck and hope that you trust in all the skills and techniques you’ve worked hard to nurture. You’ve got this!



Rockschool Acoustic Guitar: Re-Tuned for 2019 | OUT NOW!

September 16th, 2019 by

Rockschool is back with a completely re-tuned Acoustic Guitar syllabus!

Rockschool Acoustic sets a new tone, with a complete set of upgrades to the Acoustic series. As with all of Rockschool’s recent releases, every grade features meticulously researched and benchmarked tracks from both trailblazing innovators and contemporary trendsetters, exposing each student to an array of genres, styles and instrument-specific techniques as they progress through each grade.

Each grade features 6 new arrangements from some of music’s most iconic figures to perform in the last 8 decades; with each instalment navigating an array of era-defining styles and techniques – from the 1930’s all the way up to the present-day.

“We assess each Rockschool syllabus halfway through its six-year cycle, and when it came to our Acoustic grades we knew there were some key changes that would improve it for everyone. The most important change is the realignment of the technical requirements to more closely match Rockschool’s well-loved Electric Guitar syllabus. Enabling teachers and students to transfer freely between both guitar types, was something we were adamant about from the beginning.” Jono Harrison, Rockschool’s Syllabus Manager

Rockschool have also added vocal parts to 4 songs of the 6 recordings found at each grade. These ‘Session-Style’ tracks are a fun and engaging addition that give each player the opportunity to replicate a recording session, or live performance, each time they sit down to practise. This not only allows students to develop a better sense of time and rhythm; it also presents the perfect habitat for each session to encourage the evolution of each players’ interpretation of tone and stylistic choices.

“Rockschool has a very clearly defined syllabus here that helps guide the arrangers make important decisions on whether to simplify or elaborate for the benefit of the students. This is about providing a step-by-step pathway so they [the students] can progress gradually, feeling satisfied and in-control at each grade. It’s a task I have taken very seriously and enjoyed immensely.”Giorgio Serci, Guitarist/Arranger

The remaining 2 tracks per grade take the spotlight and aim it front and centre, with a pair of instrument-specific, solo-guitar arrangements that more intensely navigate the acoustic guitars’ range of melodic expression. This is your opportunity to learn from generational genius such as Django Reinhardt, Tommy Emmanuel and Kaki King, expanding your instrumental techniques in the process (including how to use the guitar as a percussive instrument!)

The new syllabus features iconic tracks from the likes of:

  • Django Reinhardt
  • Robert Johnson
  • Corinne Bailey Rae
  • Tommy Emmanuel
  • Kaki King
  • Hiatus Kaiyote
  • Bert Jansch
  • José González
  • Alanis Morissette
  • Taylor Swift
  • Antônio Carlos Jobim
  • Eric Roche

Both physical and digital formats will be available in-store and online from 16 September, 2019.

To learn more about Rockschool and the new Acoustic Syllabus you can see a grade-by-grade breakdown here.

Rockschool Acoustic Guitar ALL Grades


Rockschool Acoustic Competition Terms and Conditions

August 23rd, 2019 by

Terms & Conditions Apply

1. By entering your details you are agreeing to our terms and conditions.

2. The promoter is RSL Awards Ltd

3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

4. To enter the competition you will need to follow the mechanics listed in the social media post. The route to entry for this competition is via RSL social media.

5. Closing date for entry will be Monday 26th August at midnight.

6. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.

7. The prize for the winner are as follows:

  • Full set of digital grade books and supporting media for the new Rockschool Acoustic syllabus (upon release).

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable.

11. The winner will be notified via social media within 48 hours of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

12. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.

15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.

16. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with any other business or Social Network. You are providing your information to RSL Awards Ltd and not to any other party.

Q&A with Reuben James

June 27th, 2019 by


We recently caught up with Reuben James, keys player for SAM SMITH and Casio Music to talk all things Piano and Keys.

Question #1: How do you warm up before a performance?

ROCKSCHOOL Creating Benchmarks, Not Boundaries. #Rockschool #MusicEducation #Music #MusicTuition #MusicLessons #LearnMusic #PlayPiano #Guitarist #Casio “v”WARM-UP TECHNIQUES 🎹