It’s officially the summer break! We hope you’re all enjoying the sun – for those abroad – and the rain, for those still in the UK. After all of your efforts mastering your craft this year, you all deserve a bit of a rest.

Whether you have already received your results, or are still waiting to hear; we hope you feel proud of any progress you/your candidates have made and feel confident about progressing into some new and exciting territory next term.

Advice from Tutor, Leigh Fuge – Recovering From Mistakes in Exams

If you feel you didn’t quite perform at your optimum level this time round, fear not. Everyone makes the mistakes – they’re the best way to learn! Here's some key things to consider from Leigh Fuge, one of our blog-writers and an experienced tutor of the Rockschool syllabus.


In-Tune… with Nadia Javed

As part of our In-Tune series celebrating women in music, we had a great opportunity to interview guitarist and lead-vocalist for all-female, punk-trio, the Tuts – Nadia Javed.

We would really appreciate you taking the time to watch the full interview via the link below. Nadia did a wonderful job discussing some of the challenges women still face in music industry today and is a great inspiration to all young female musicians looking to make waves in the music industry.

New Roles and New Recruits!

The RSL family continues to grow year on year and we are excited to introduce you to our newest additions to the team!

Marykate Martin, International Exams Co-Ordinator

A big congratulations to Marykate Martin who was recently promoted to International Exams Co-ordinator. Marykate has been with RSL for over 2 years and in that time has proved to be an invaluable part of the International Operations team and is a great influence on the whole of RSL HQ with her hard work and dedication.

“I am so thrilled about my promotion! RSL has given me the opportunity to grow professionally! I work with a great team and I am excited to be part of the fastest growing side of the business”

Sam Coade, Exams Officer

New Exams Officer, Sam Coade, recently graduated from University of Edinburgh with a degree in English Literature. He is a keen saxophonist and keys player and performed regularly with the University Jazz Orchestra, Nipples of Venus and a variety of other outfits in his four-year stint in the Scottish capital.

Favourite artists: Franz Ferdinand, Art Pepper, and D’Angelo.

“I am very excited to join the Graded Music Exams team as a fresh-faced advocate of Greggs’ Vegan Sausage Roll.”

Tom Moore, Exams Team Administrator

Tom Moore has been working with the exams team on a temporary basis looking after the non-stop administrative demands of Rockschool's UK graded music exams. An avid drummer with close to 2 decades worth of experience, you can catch Tom playing with his band, Black Surf here.

“My top 3 favourite artists are constantly changing, as I'm a massive fan of discovering new music. Ask me next week and it'll definitely have changed! Right now, though, I'd say The National, Dinosaur Pile-Up and Fit for an Autopsy (the latter being a particular favourite 🤘).”

Vasileios Liamis, Business Development Intern

Vasileios Liamis joined the Business Development team as an intern for his summer break. He is currently studying Naval Engineering at Southampton University. Vasileios plays acoustic guitar and has fond memories as a member of his school band throughout his studies.

Favourite Artists: Gramatik and Belle MT.

“Working for RSL is probably the most interesting internship I could have! I have gained strong work experience in Business Development, specifically, by helping with the transition to a new CRM system. I’ve learned a lot about data analysis and how a company manages potential customers using professional software.”

Rockschool Stories

What started as a simple questionnaire has quickly become a really fun and insightful exercise into the influence that the Rockschool brand has had in homes, schools and teaching hubs for more than two decades.

This week, we caught up with Sandra Howe to find out how Rockschool has benefitted her teaching practice, Howe Music Tuition, and given her son Kyron a focus for his development in the world of drums.

Read Sandra’s story...

If you would like to read more Rockschool Stories, you can catch up with all our posts on the RSL News page...

If you’re interested in sharing your story with RSL, simply contact and you could be the next star of Rockschool Stories!

International News


As always, RSL India is bursting with activity! We are pleased to announce that Music Centre Director, Lenny Kisku, has opened his second branch in Ahmedabad – the largest city in the state of Gujarat (West India) – delivering guitar, bass, drums, piano and vocals to a thriving community of musicians of all ages.

The 100,000th Candidate!

At the back end of last year, RSL India announced they had hosted the 100,000th candidate to take an international RSL exam. Aryan Gulati took his Male Vocals Grade 3 exam in 2018 and passed with a merit at the Aria Music and Theatre Conservatory

Below you can see Aryan and the RSL India Team celebrating the landmark exam during a recent visit to the region from International BD Manager, Henriette Madsen. Congrats Aryan!

Aryan (Middle) with his certificate with Hitesh Madan (Aria Founder), Ritesh Khokhar (RSL India), Henriette Madsen (RSL), Aparna Rawat (RSL India) and Payal Madan (Aria).


RSL CEO, John Simpson, was recently in Italy to catch up with the RSL Italy team.

John travelled to venues in Vicenza and Udine, both in the beautiful reaches of north-eastern Italy. Accompanied by RSL Italy’s Manager, Luca Pellizzaro, John had a great time engaging with teachers and directors who had joined from various destinations in the region.

As one of our fastest growing European hubs, RSL Italy is one of our favourite places to visit (not only because of the food) in 2019. If you have a teaching community or business and would like to contact us regarding RSL’s activities in Italy, feel free to drop us an e-mail at


We’re delighted to announce that RSL Nigeria held their first Graded Music Exams this month! As only our second hub in Africa (our first being South Africa), this is a really exciting development that we cannot wait to work with in the coming years. When we thought of who would make the best first impression, we simply had to send Senior Examiner, Stuart Slater. We know that everyone at Tenstrings Music, Lagos would’ve been treated like superstars by Stuart and we hope all the students, teachers and support staff have a fantastic first year with Rockschool.

You can also find Tenstring Music in Ikeja, Festac, Lekki and Surulere for support with Rockschool Vocals, Music Theory, Music Production and more.

If you would like to find out more about Rockschool exams in Nigeria or Tenstrings Music Institute please email:

Senior Examiner Stuart Slater (Middle) with students at the Tenstrings Music Institute, Lagos.

That’s it for this month. If you’d like to pass on any videos, images or stories from this term, just send us a message or tag us in a social post and we’ll be sure to pass it on!