Please read through the following page if you’re thinking of performing a piece of repertoire not published by Rockschool in its Piano pack.

This checklist has been devised to help you assess whether or not the repertoire you have chosen to play meets the criteria established for performance pieces in the grade.

All pieces must be performed to a backing track (without the examined part on the track) except in cases where pieces have been selected from previous Rockschool syllabi and do not have a backing track.

If there is any doubt, please contact Rockschool on 0345 460 4747 or

Section A: Essential Elements

If you answer “No” to any of the above the piece is unsuitable for use in the grade examination. If you answer “Yes” to all of the above then please proceed to the next section.

Section B: Performance Elements

The piece must feature at least 3 of the physical techniques, plus 3 of the expressive techniques.

Physical Techniques

Expressive Techniques

Rhythmic Requirements

If your piece does not have all of the requirements in Section B it is not suitable for the examination.


If you are still in any doubt, please email a copy of your notated part to

Note! Please send your music at least three weeks prior to the examination date for a prompt response.