RSL Classical Piano

The RSL Classical Piano syllabus proudly represents Classical music in all its forms, including music from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic eras together with repertoire from the 20th and 21st century. The pieces sit alongside a range of scales, arpeggios and technical studies to provide a challenging and engaging syllabus for the 21st-century musician.

We’re delighted to have developed the most representative classical syllabus available!

Why RSL Classical Piano?

Academically Rigorous

RSL Classical Piano has been designed with industry relevance, student engagement, and academic rigour in mind. Every practical, theoretical and aural test has been written and developed by industry professionals to give students an unrivalled level of academic assurance.

Diverse Repertoire

Carefully graded to foster and support progression, RSL Classical Piano includes an exceptional selection of pieces from a diverse roster of composers including some of the most cherished and admired pieces from the Classical repertoire, alongside minimalism, impressionism, jazz, and film scores.

Exceptional Composers

We're proud to have developed such a representative contemporary classical syllabus, featuring the likes of; Debussy, Clara Schumann, Alexis Ffrench, JS Bach, Elfrida Andrée, Isaac Albéniz, Mozart, Florence Price, John Williams, Zenobia Powell-Perry, Germaine Tailleferre, Chopin and Beethoven.. to name just a few!

Internationally Recognised

Upon completion of an RSL Graded Music Exam, every candidate will have earned a globally recognised qualification, which has been designed to support progression routes towards higher education and the creative industries.

UCAS Points

Grades 6 to 8 are UCAS recognised aiding Higher Education applications. Candidates can gain up to 30 UCAS points for completion of these Level 3 qualifications.

Digital Downloads

Download everything you need to prepare for the RSL Classical exams direct from the RSL Store! The digital books contain all the repertoire and supporting tests, together with exclusive exemplar audio recordings of each track and Fact Files and Performance Notes. Students and teachers can instantly access their favourite graded music materials from their desktop, tablet or smartphone and, with Replay, have access to an interactive sheet music player with a range of playback and practice functions.


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Classical Piano Syllabus

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RSL Classical Piano – Syllabus Specification

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Special December 2020 Exam Session