Drums Grade 3
Internationally recognised Drums Grades for rock and pop drummers
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The October to December deadline is 4 October
Drums Grade 3
At Drums Grade 3 you'll tackle stylistic grooves such as the reggae onedrop, and master flams, drags and triplets. Show off your new techniques in the exam, where you'll play five pieces – some Rockschool compositions, and some chosen by you*.
Key Skills at Grade 3
What you'll learn at Grade 3:
What You're Marked On
Your Drums Grade 3 exam lasts 25 minutes and is split into five key sections.
At Grade 3:
A selection will be asked from six sections:
Sight Reading or Improvisation
At Grade 3 you will be offered either Sight Reading or Improvisation.
There are two ear tests at Grade 3: 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 3 exam lasts 23 minutes for a Grade Exam or 18 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 3 exam now! Simply buy or download the Drums Grade 3 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.