The Benchmark for The Modern Vocalist

A Rockschool Vocal Grade will not only improve your singing ability, but expand your technical proficiency, grasp of music theory and appreciation of some of the most influential songs from the past five decades. As a student of music, you will improve your chances in auditions and competitions, whilst elevating your ability to write your own songs in the process.

Why Rockschool Vocals?

Ability to Specialise

For every vocal grade students can plot their stylistic specialism, helping to develop an in-depth understanding of the type of music that appeals to them the most, whether this is pop, rock, metal, blues, country, funk, jazz or reggae.

Exciting Repertoire

The Rockschool Vocal repertoire provides students with an expansive song choice from a diverse range of genres, including tracks from Beyonce, Adele, Rihanna, Michael Jackson and many more.

Theoretical Grounding

Every Rockschool Vocals Grade has been designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of musical theory, enabling them to confidently articulate their musical ideas and concepts to other musicians.

UCAS Points

All Rockschool exams at Grades 6, 7 and 8 are awarded UCAS points,which are vital currency for all university applicants.

Free Choice Pieces

In addition to the 6 pieces on offer in each of our Grade Books, students are also able to choose two Free Choice Pieces that can serve as performance pieces for the exam. The criteria for each grade can be found here.

Downloadable Audio

Download all backing tracks, examples, performances and practice materials directly from our online shop.

Vocal Exams: Further Guidance

  • Candidates may present songs from the corresponding male/female grade syllabus – these are treated as accepted benchmarked repertoire and not as Free Choice Pieces
  • Candidates may transpose songs into different keys in order to suit their vocal range, so long as all other outcomes (eg. melodic and rhythmic content, lyrics, tempo, length etc.) remain the same. Candidates must supply a transposed backing track which is the same as the official RSL backing track with no further adaptations but transposed into the new key. Again these are treated as benchmarked repertoire and not as Free Choice Pieces
  • Technical Exercises must be performed as per the male/female syllabus selected overall (ie. it is not possible to ‘mix and match’ exercises from both syllabuses). However, the stipulated starting notes and backing tracks for technical exercises (which are often different for each gender) can be delivered at any octave to suit individual ranges

Of course in addition to the above all the usual Free Choice Piece guidelines apply including, in the case of Vocals, the Wider Repertoire choices...

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Rockschool Vocal Wider Repertoire

Wider Repertoire

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