Vocals

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.

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For more info on how to implement into your teaching, please download the sample pack and syllabus specification.

Rockschool Vocals 2021 Sample Pack

Rockschool Vocals 2021 Syllabus Specification

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Why Rockschool Vocals?

Flexibility

Each singer is unique, and the Rockschool Vocals syllabus gives students flexibility to choose a pathway that suits their voice, with an impressive collection of repertoire and options within the supporting tests.

Exciting Repertoire

The Rockschool Vocal repertoire provides students with an expansive song choice from a diverse range of genres, including tracks from Camilla Cabello, Ed Sheeran, Ella Fitzgerald, Beyoncé, Adele, Rihanna, Queen, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Skunk Anansie, Billie Eilish, Harry Styles, Jorja Smith 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 10 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 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
  • For the new 2021 syllabus, candidates have various choices in the technical exercises section, depending on the grade and test. Please refer to the relevant grade book for more details.
  • Candidates may use the 2014-2021 syllabus book in a Face to Face, Recorded Digital Exam and a Live Stream Digital Exam until December 31st 2022.
  • Candidates utilising the 2014 - 2021 syllabus may present songs from the corresponding male/female grade syllabus – these are treated as accepted 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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Introducing Rockschool Vocals

Our team of experts – led by Head of Sales & Partnerships Dan Francis and Syllabus Consultant & Senior Examiner Eva Brandt – explore the updated, expanded and refreshed Rockschool Vocals syllabus.

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Vocals Syllabus

Rockschool Vocals is back with an updated, refreshed and expanded syllabus! Please download the 2021 syllabus specification for Debut – Grade 8.

Rockschool Vocals Syllabus (2021)

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Rockschool Vocal Wider Repertoire

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Get a copy of the 2014 - 2021 Grade 1 - Grade 8 syllabus

Vocals Syllabus (2014 - 2021)

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