Exam Information for Period B 2015

 

General Information

Ear Tests: For Grade 6 to 8 (vocals) no keys are given in advance, but candidates will be told the key before the test starts. Please refer to the syllabus guide for further clarification of this. It is recommended that the candidate tells the examiner how they have prepared the exercise to avoid any confusion. GUITAR
  • Rockschool gives you the opportunity to use acoustic guitar as well as electric guitar for Debut - Grade 2. Please note that you can't use acoustic guitar from Grade 3 upwards due to the technical demands of the pieces.
  • To clarify: It is acceptable to use an acoustic guitar for Debut, Grade 1, and Grade 2, but not for Grade 3 upwards.
  • We are bringing out an acoustic guitar syllabus before the end of the year. Do keep checking our website and social media feeds for updates on the new syllabus release date.
  • Please note that it is your responsibility as the Guitar/ Bass player to ensure you have a working lead. It may be worth bringing a spare lead just in case
DRUMS
  • Rockschool gives you the opportunity to use an electronic kit as well as an acoustic kit for Debut - Grade 5. Please note that you can't use an electronic kit from Grade 6 upwards due to the technical demands of the pieces.
  • To clarify: It is acceptable to use an electronic kit for Debut, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, and Grade 5, but for Grades 6-8 an electronic kit is NOT acceptable
  • For all drum exams in Rockschool centres the expectation is that the exam will be done on an acoustic kit (i.e. not electronic), regardless of the level, unless previously agreed with Rockschool HQ.
  • All Rockschool drum kits will be set up in the exam room for Right- Handed purposes. If you require the drum kit to be set up for Left-Handed use then please mention this when you enter for the exam online.
  • Please liaise with your chosen exam centre directly if you have any queries regarding equipment.
VOCALS
  • Period B 2015 is the last session that you will be able to use the old syllabus. There will be a cross-over period where either syllabus can be used which is between May and July.
  • From Period C 2015 you will ONLY be able to use the new vocal syllabus, and therefore the required criteria such as improvisation elements will be compulsory. Please refer to the Vocal Syllabus Guide if you are unsure about the new syllabus requirements vocal requirements.
  • Microphones: a reminder that all candidates are required to bring their own microphone to the exam from Grade 4 upwards. Rockschool centres are not responsible for providing a microphone for the purpose of an exam- please check with your designated centre directly if you have any queries regarding equipment.
PIANO
  • We are planning to release a new contemporary piano syllabus for period C 2015. the existing syllabus will have a cross-over period of a year.
  • Check the website and social media feeds for updates.
POPULAR MUSIC THEORY
  • Please note that all Theory exam dates are set- we do not offer bespoke or private days for Theory exams at present.
  • Our first Theory session is on Saturday 18th July 2015.