Piano Grade 8
Internationally recognised Piano Grades for contemporary pianists and keyboard players
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The February to March deadline is 14 December
Piano Grade 8
Completion of Grade 8 ensures you are ready to pursue both a conservatoire education and a professional career. You will have the opportunity to perform repertoire from Jamie Cullum, Diana Krall and a full length version of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in addition to Rockschool compositions and studies.
Key Features at Grade 8
What you'll learn at Grade 8:
What You're Marked On
At Grade 8:
A selection will be asked from three sections:
Quick Study Piece
Candidates choose the genre for their Quick Study Piece from one of these categories:
Stylistic Studies are chosen by the candidate prior to the exam, from one of these categories:
There are two ear tests at Grade 8: Melodic Recall and Harmonic Recall. These help develop the two key piano skills of lead and rhythm playback.
General Musicianship Questions
Candidates will be asked five questions relating to Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Technique and Genre.Download Piano GMQs (545KB, .pdf)
Your Grade 8 exam lasts 32 minutes for a Grade Exam or 28 minutes for a Performance Certificate. Candidates are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before their exam starts.
Instruments That Can Be Examined
The following instruments are accepted for exams in piano, at all grades:
Specified Rockschool examination centres will each contain either an acoustic piano or an electronic keyboard. Candidates may bring their own keyboards for their performances, which must fit the following criteria:
Get Started Today!
You can start working towards your Piano Grade 8 exam now! Simply buy or download the Piano Grade 8 book, and start preparing alongside your piano teacher.
If you don't have a piano teacher, you can quickly find the nearest teacher to you with our handy find a music teacher map.