Musical Theatre Grade 3

PAA Musical Theatre has been specifically created to give teachers the creative freedom to build a bespoke curriculum around their own teaching styles and existing programme.

Estimated Examination Time:

Performance: 14–16 minutes
Technical Skills Demonstration and Understanding & Reflection: 25 minutes
(Based on a group of 8 candidates)

Assessment at: Grade 3

    Performance

    The performance consists of a group piece of musical theatre, performed from memory, in which candidates perform a range of acting, singing and dancing throughout. Performances can include candidates from Premiere to Grade 8 and must have a minimum of two candidates.

    There are two Performance format options:

    Group Exam

    This is typically a class of candidates at a similar grade level. Candidates must perform for the specified duration per grade. If the Group Exam consists of candidates at different grades, the performance must meet the minimum duration for the highest grade in the group. A Group Exam can be extracts from musicals or original work. Examiners may ask candidates to repeat sections of the performance if clarification is needed. If there are more than eight candidates in the group the performance must be repeated.

    OR

    Show Exam

    This is typically a large group/whole school of more than 25 candidates. Candidates must perform for the minimum duration required at the grade for which they are entered. A Show Exam can be a full production of a musical, a variety show consisting of extracts from musicals or original work. Examiners may ask candidates to repeat sections of the performance if clarification is needed.

    A Group Exam performance must be a minimum of 14 minutes and a maximum of 16 minutes in duration.

    A Show Exam performance must be a minimum of 14 minutes in duration. A Show Exam performance has no maximum duration.

    Candidates are expected to perform a group piece of musical theatre from memory. The performance should allow each candidate the opportunity to engage in all three disciplines. One member of staff must be present during the examination.

    Acting

    Candidates must have a minimum of four solo spoken lines.

    Singing

    Candidates must perform a full song as a group for a minimum of one minute.

    Dancing

    Candidates must perform a range of dance steps as a group for a minimum of one minute.

    Please contact RSL for assistance with selecting a Performance format option most appropriate to your centre.

    Notes for Groups Exams and Show Exams:

    • All candidates must wear their allocated candidate number on the front and back of their clothing throughout the performance
    • Candidates must perform a range of acting, singing and dancing throughout
    • A member of staff must be present for the performance component of the examination
    • Both performance forats can include students who are not exam candidates as long as the minimum number of exam candidates has been met
    • A member of staff must operate the music playback equipment
    • The school’s uniform is sufficient, however, costume and props are permitted
    • An audience is permitted

    Technical Skills Demonstration

    The Technical Skills Demonstration gives candidates the opportunity to further demonstrate their technical ability in any one of the disciplines. These assessments encourage a deeper understanding and proficiency of the technical skills required as a musical theatre performer. As candidates progress through the grades, the technical skills assessment focuses on preparation for auditions. Candidates are expected to perform from memory.

    Candidates will prepare any one of the Technical Skills below. All candidates will demonstrate the same skill.

    Acting

    Candidates will be arranged into pairs or threes, and will be required to perform a given scenario lasting between 30 and 45 seconds. The characters and scenarios will be chosen and given by the examiner. The examiner may stop the performance if the maximum time limit is exceeded.

    Candidates and teachers must familiarise themselves with each scenario and make the necessary preparations.

    Singing

    Candidates will be arranged into groups (maximum eight candidates) and will be required to sing one prepared song extract lasting between 30 and 45 seconds.

    The song extract selected by the teacher:

    • Must be taken from standard musical theatre repertoire or Rockschool Male/Female Vocals Grade 3 repertoire
    • Must be age appropriate for the suggested level of the grade taken
    • May be performed in any key, with a backing track, a live accompaniment or a cappella
    • Should allow candidates to showcase their skills and abilities clearly
    • Must not be the same as previously heard in the performance.
    • Must not contain long introductions or instrumentals

    Please note: the full song is not required. The examiner may stop the demonstration if the maximum time limit is exceeded.

    Please note: that these are examples only. Teachers have full flexibility to choose their own extract, ensuring the relevant criteria are met.

    For the Rockschool Vocals Grade 3 repertoire visit the RSL Store here.

    Dancing

    Candidates will be arranged into groups (maximum eight candidates) and will required to demonstrate a prepared technical combination lasting between 30 and 45 seconds. Teachers are required to choreograph an elevation and travel dance combination which includes the following steps:

    • Step ball change with arms in opposition
    • Jumps or leaps
    • Front kicks
    • All demonstrated on both sides

    The music for the combination is of free choice. Alternatively, candidates can perform the combination to a clapped rhythm (provided by the teacher) for the same duration as above. Content should allow each candidate to showcase their skills and abilities clearly.

    Understanding & Reflection

    The examination is concluded with an Understanding and Reflection discussion facilitated by the examiner. Candidates will be asked to share ideas on the given topic based on the performance seen in the examination. As students progress through the grades, the questions become more complex, and include a discussion about the rehearsal process and the importance of the technical skills required for each discipline.

    The understanding and reflection discussion must take place after the Performance and Technical Skills Demonstration.

    Candidates must be arranged into groups by the teacher in advance of the examination day.

    An audience is not permitted for the Understanding and Reflection component of the examination.

    Please note: a member of staff does not need to be present for the Understanding and Reflection component of the examination.

    Candidates will take part in a discussion with the examiner. The examiner will ask questions based on the performance seen in the examination.

    Topics will be:

    • The character’s emotions
    • Challenges faced during the performance
    • Character relationships in the performance
    • Processes used in the rehearsal to help to learn and remember the piece

    Assessment Criteria

    Learning OutcomeAssessment Criteria
    Learning Outcome 1:
    The learner will perform in a
    group piece of musical theatre
    Demonstrate acting, singing and dancing, to include:

    Expression

    Communication

    Characterisation

    Technique

    Projection
    Learning Outcome 2:
    The learner will demonstrate
    technical skills relevant to
    musical theatre
    Demonstrate technical skill through acting, singing or dancing, to include:

    Characterisation

    Dynamic values

    Timing

    Control

    Projection
    Learning Outcome 3:
    The learner will understand the
    importance of individual content
    and context in musical theatre
    Give a detailed description on a given topic relevant to the performance, to include:

    The character’s emotions

    Challenges faced during the performance

    Character relationships in the performance

    Processes used in the rehearsal to help to learn and remember the piece

    Grade Descriptors

    LEARNING OUTCOME 1 (The Performance)
    The learner will perform in a group piece of musical theatre
    Attainment band:
    Unclassified
    (Mark range: 0–27)
    Pass
    (Mark range: 28–30)
    Merit
    (Mark range: 31–48)
    Distinction
    (Mark range: 49–60)
    Inability to demonstrate acting,
    singing and dancing. An insecure
    ability to demonstrate the
    following:

    Expression

    Communication

    Characterisation

    Technique

    Projection
    Evidence of acting, singing and
    dancing. To include the following
    some of the time:

    Expression

    Communication

    Characterisation

    Technique

    Projection
    Evidence of acting, singing and
    dancing. To include the following
    for the majority of the time:

    Expression

    Communication

    Characterisation

    Technique

    Projection
    Evidence of acting, singing and
    dancing. To include the following
    throughout:

    Expression

    Communication

    Characterisation

    Technique

    Projection
    LEARNING OUTCOME 2 (The Technical Skills)
    The learning will demonstrate technical skills relevant to musical theatre as appropriate to the syllabus requirements
    Attainment band:
    Unclassified
    (Mark range: 0–14)
    Pass
    (Mark range: 15–19)
    Merit
    (Mark range: 20–25)
    Distinction
    (Mark range: 26–30)
    Insecure evidence of technical
    skills. An inability to demonstrate
    the following:

    Coordination

    Dynamic values

    Timing

    Control

    Projection
    Evidence of technical skills.
    To include the following some of
    the time:

    Coordination

    Dynamic values

    Timing

    Control

    Projection
    Evidence of technical skills.
    To include the following for the
    majority of the time:

    Coordination

    Dynamic values

    Timing

    Control

    Projection
    Evidence of technical skills.
    To include the following
    throughout:

    Coordination

    Dynamic values

    Timing

    Control

    Projection
    LEARNING OUTCOME 3 (Understanding and Reflection)
    The learner will understand individual content and context in musical theatre as appropriate to the syllabus requirements
    Attainment band:
    Unclassified
    (Mark range: 0–4)
    Pass
    (Mark range: 5–6)
    Merit
    (Mark range: 7–8)
    Distinction
    (Mark range: 9–10)
    An inability to show awareness
    of the following:

    The character’s emotions

    Challenges faced during the
    performance

    Character relationships in
    the performance

    Processes used in the
    rehearsal to help to learn and
    remember the piece
    Demonstrate an awareness of
    the following some of
    the time:

    The character’s emotions

    Challenges faced during the
    performance

    Character relationships in
    the performance

    Processes used in the
    rehearsal to help to learn and
    remember the piece
    Demonstrate an awareness of
    the following for the majority of
    the time:

    The character’s emotions

    Challenges faced during the
    performance

    Character relationships in
    the performance

    Processes used in the
    rehearsal to help to learn and
    remember the piece
    Demonstrate an awareness of
    the following throughout:

    The character’s emotions

    Challenges faced during the
    performance

    Character relationships in
    the performance

    Processes used in the
    rehearsal to help to learn and
    remember the piece

    Additional Information

    The Value of RSL Qualifications

    RSL advocates an open-access approach to qualifications, providing a range of syllabi, designed to accommodate a wide variety of candidates of different ages, experience and levels of achievement. RSL qualifications are listed on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England and Northern Ireland by the Office of Qualifications and Examination Regulation (Ofqual). RSL is committed to maintaining and improving its reputation for excellence by providing high-quality education and training through its syllabi, examinations and resources.

    Safeguarding including Health & Safety

    RSL takes the Safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults extremely seriously and has put in place as many preventative measures as possible within its assessment structure and processes. An outline of these is provided here.

    A staff member must be on hand to support the organisation of candidates and to chaperone candidates on the day of the examination.

    UCAS

    For students applying for work or University, many potential employers see Graded Performance Exams in a very positive way. Recognised qualifications demonstrate an ability to dedicate commitment to extra-curricular activities, providing evidence of versatility which many students find beneficial within UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service) applications and for University entrance interviews.

    Our qualifications carry allocated points on the UCAS tariff. For full details relating to the allocation of points for our qualifications can be found here.

    Aims and Broad Objectives

    The aim of the Musical Theatre qualification is to provide a flexible, progressive mastery approach to the knowledge, skills and understanding required for Musical Theatre.

    The purpose of RSL’s graded qualifications is to motivate and encourage candidates of all ages and levels through a system of progressive mastery and to develop and enhance
    skills, knowledge and understanding in a safe and consistent way. The qualifications are beneficial for learners wishing to progress at their own pace through smaller steps of achievement.

    These qualifications are suitable for learners in the Under 16, 16+, 16–18, and 19+ age groups.

    Progression

    Graded qualifications provide a flexible progression route for learners. They are a positive means of determining progress and enable learners to learn the necessary techniques to gain entry to FE and HE courses. Graded qualifications operate according to a well established methodology of ‘progressive mastery’. They tend to be more rigorous than other types of exams, and for that reason industry professionals are confident that candidates achieving the highest level of graded qualifications will have the skills necessary to work in other areas of the business.

    Qualification Structure

    A graded qualification consists of a range of both practical and knowledge based tasks which are based on detailed requirements outlined in the relevant syllabus. Therefore, requirements for each grade will be set out in detail in the Unit Specifications and the Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria for each unit will require knowledge, skills
    and understanding of these syllabus requirements to be demonstrated at the grade entered.

    Entry Requirements

    There are no entry requirements for these qualifications. However, learners should be aware that the content at the higher grades will require a level of knowledge and understanding covered in previous qualifications.

    Syllabus

    Musical Theatre Suggested Repertoire

    Musical Theatre Suggested Repertoire

    Musical Theatre Supporting Audio

    Musical Theatre Supporting Audio (Debut)

    Musical Theatre Minimum Requirements Resource

    Minimum Requirements Resource – Musical Theatre

    Download the syllabus specification Musical Theatre Specification

    Musical Theatre Syllabus Specifications

    Dates & Fees

    PAA examinations are open all year round and can be scheduled to fit with your existing programme.

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    Entry deadline

    All applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the exam date

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    Exam Fee

    £33.00

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