Drums Grade 1
Internationally recognised Drums Grades for rock and pop drummers
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The October to December deadline is 4 October
Drums Grade 1
Drums Grade 1 covers cymbal work, simple sight reading and performance skills. You'll be tested on what you've learnt by playing a series of short exam pieces, combining Rockschool's tunes with pieces of your own choosing*.
Key Skills at Grade 1
What you'll learn at Grade 1:
What You're Marked On
Your Drums Grade 1 exam lasts 20 minutes and is split into five key sections.
At Grade 1:
A selection will be asked from three sections:
Sight Reading or Improvisation
At Grade 1 you will be offered either Sight Reading or Improvisation.
There are two ear tests at Grade 1: Fill Playback and Recognition and Groove Recall.
Fill Playback and Recognition
General Musicianship Questions
General Musician Questions are included to test your musical understanding and further instrumental knowledge. The five questions are broken down as follows:
Your Grade 1 exam lasts 20 minutes for a Grade Exam or 15 minutes for a Performance Certificate. Candidates are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their exam starts.
Get Started Today!
You can start working towards your Drums Grade 1 exam now! Simply buy or download the Drums Grade 1 book, and start preparing alongside your drums teacher.
If you don't have a drums teacher, you can quickly find the nearest teacher to you with our handy find a music teacher map.