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Performance Diploma Level Six

The Rockschool Performance Diploma Level 6 is the ideal next step for the Level 4 musician wanting to further their skills in performance. Develop a complete understanding of the skills required to be a professional gigging musician.

Key Skills

  • Advanced performance skills
  • Advanced group performance skills
  • Audience targeted promotional skills
  • Self-assessment of performance
  • Understanding of key business and H&S fundamentals

Qualification Structure

The Level 6 Performance Diploma is made up of three elements:

  1. Performance - Live Show
  2. Promotional Portfolio
  3. Q&A (Viva Voce)

Performance - Live Show

At Level 6 candidates will need to prepare a 25-30 minute live performance which will be entirely made up of pieces of the candidates' own choosing. Candidates must choose a theme for their performance programme and base their choice of music around this.

All pieces should be performed from memory to a backing track (with some exceptions allowed, see syllabus guide) ideally presenting a range of styles.
Level 6 Syllabus Guide

Performance Elements

The key performance elements of the Diploma have been split up into specified amounts of time and/or number of pieces to enable candidates to fully showcase all of their skills appropriately and clearly. Candidates should also be aware that at Level 6 it is compulsory to play part of the performance with 2 - 4 other musicians.

At Level 6 candidates are required to make up their total performance time as follows:

  • Advanced Technical Skills - a number of pieces 14-17 minutes of the performance
  • Advanced Development Skills - 2 pieces (4-6 minutes) of the performance
  • Advanced Soloing Skills - 1 piece (3-5 minutes) of the performance
  • Performance with other musicians - 8-10 minutes of the performance

Full details on preparing the programme can be found in the Performance Diploma Level 6 syllabus guide.

Performance Diploma Level 6 syllabus guide

Repertoire Requirements at Level 6

Guidance has been written and prepared for candidates to reference when choosing their pieces and applies to all elements of the programme.

Click on an instrument below to view the respective criteria list for your chosen instrument.

Document File Size Type
Guitar 513KB PDF
Bass 525KB PDF
Drums 500KB PDF
Vocals 635KB PDF
Piano 614KB PDF


Candidates should produce a portfolio of promotional material that they would use if the programme they are performing in the exam were to be for a live event. They should complete and bring this for the examiner on the day of the exam and it should be original work of their own creation. The examiner will ask questions both on the reasoning and preparation of the promotional material and also on how the candidate would utilise this material to maximum effect.

The promotional portfolio must demonstrate:

  • A variety of media, both online and offline
  • A clear understanding of the target audience and programme theme both in the choice of materials and in the presentation
  • All materials need to be of a professional quality and suitable for use in promoting a real life performance event

Q&A (Viva Voce)

Candidates will be asked a series of questions pertaining to each of the criteria within this section. At Level 6 candidates will be expected to fully explain their knowledge/opinions and the application of each of these elements without the examiner leading the discussion.

The elements covered will be as follows:

  • Candidate's own evaluation and analysis of the examined performance
  • Theme and objectives of the programme chosen
  • Understanding and defining the elements of the programme that were Level 6
  • Health and Safety in a performance environment
  • Contract knowledge in a performance context
  • Liability and insurance knowledge in a performance context

Assessment Criteria

Read more information on assessment criteria:

Level 6 Performance Diploma Assessment Criteria (97KB, .pdf)