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Drums Premiere

Rockschool Drums Premiere is the ideal starting point if you've just picked up the sticks for the first time. Learn the fundamentals of drumming in our easy-­to-­use Let's Rock books, then perform five of them in a quick 10­ minute exam.

Key Skills at Premiere

What you'll learn at Premiere:

  • The basics of music notation and your instrument
  • Rock, pop, metal, country, indie and hip hop
  • Simple phrases, beats and fills

Exam Structure

The Drums Premiere exam lasts 10 minutes, during which you will be marked on five short Performance Pieces. There is a choice of six pieces in Let's Rock Drums and an additional three ensemble pieces at the back. Candidates should choose five out of these nine pieces to play in the examination.

Unlike the later Grade exams, there are no Technical Exercises, Sight Reading, Ear Tests or General Musicianship Questions for the Premiere exam, and there are no Free Choice pieces for this level ... they start at Grade 1.

If there is any doubt or questions about the content of your Premiere exam then please contact us.

What You're Marked On

At Premiere:

  • All Performance Pieces are to be played as written. There are no requirements for improvisation.
  • Each Performance Piece is marked out of 20.
  • The grading for this exam will be 'Pass' or 'Unclassified'.


Your Premiere exam lasts 10 minutes. Candidates are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their exam starts.

Get Started Today!

You can start working towards your Premiere exam now! Simply buy or download the Premiere (Let's Rock Drums) 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.

Books for Drums Premiere

  • Let''s Rock Drums Book Cover Drums Let's Rock

    The Let's Rock Drums book contains everything you need to sit your Premiere exam.