Classical Violin

RSL Classical Violin

Classical Violin grades for the 21st-century! RSL Classical Violin celebrates the diverse range of composers writing for violin from throughout history to the present day. With works by female and male composers from the global majority across Classical, Classical Crossover, Jazz and Pop, the syllabus provides an engaging stimulus for learning from beginner to advanced level.

All repertoire comes with exemplar audio, backing track and a piano score providing a fully immersive and flexible approach to practise, lessons and the exam. Connecting with the history of Rockschool, the repertoire includes two pop tracks at each grade, specially arranged and accompanied by either piano or full band backing tracks. The pieces at each grade expose students to an array of styles and instrument-specific techniques, contributing to improved musicianship and instrument mastery!

For more info, please download the syllabus specification or get in touch with a member of the team:

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Why RSL Classical Violin?

Violin Mastery

The pieces at each grade expose students to an array of styles and instrument-specific techniques, contributing to improved musicianship. Technical exercises and rudiments will reinforce the fundamentals of violin playing, with sight-reading and improvisation training contributing to increased musical know-how.

Diverse Repertoire

At each grade there are eight benchmarked classical tracks and, for the first time ever in a violin syllabus, two popular music arrangements at each grade. Diverse and engaging, including greater representation of female composers and composers from the global majority, our repertoire will challenge and inspire students as they develop their violin technique.

Outstanding Composers & Artists

RSL Classical Violin includes repertoire from the likes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clara Schumann, Joseph White, Chevalier de Saint Georges, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Ignatius Sancho, Lili Boulanger, Jean Sibelius, Florence Price, George Frideric Handel, Germaine Tailleferre, Nikki Iles, Bela Bartok, Grazyna Bacewicz, Felipe Gutierrez y Espinosa, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, John Williams, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa, The Weeknd Jamiroquai, Clean Bandit, Coldplay and Beyonce... to name but a few!

Audio Excellence

Backing tracks and exemplar performances are included for all performance pieces. Each backing track has been professionally recorded at commercial quality to give your students the feeling of doing a fully-fledged performance wherever they might be practising. Slick count-ins and fresh arrangements mean every practise session can feel like a concert performance!

Academically Rigorous

RSL Classical Violin has been designed with industry relevance, student engagement, and academic rigour in mind. 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.

Introducing RSL Classical Violin

Our team of experts, led by Dan Francis, explore the RSL Classical Violin syllabus. This sessions is designed to give you and understanding of 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 with sample repertoire included from syllabus consultant and arranger Ruth Elder.

RSL Classical Violin x Her Ensemble

RSL Awards is proud to have collaborated with Her Ensemble, the UK's first all female and non-binary string ensemble, and state51 to showcase some of the incredible music from the RSL Classical Violin syllabus, as part of The state51 Conservatoire Sessions series.

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