RSL Awards, global provider of qualifications in the creative and performing arts, today announced their partnership with iRock School of Music, which will see RSL assessing and quality assuring in-school band tuition from September 2022.

iRock School of Music works closely with primary schools providing children the opportunity to be in their very own rock and pop band. Under the guidance of an iRock music teacher, children rehearse weekly in the lead up to end of term concerts. Lessons not only increase children's interest in music; they can also help develop invaluable life skills such as boosting confidence, wellbeing, and supporting their overall academic success.

The partnership with RSL Awards will see iRock’s students being able to achieve a qualification for learning and performing music in a band, gaining formal recognition for the progress they make both individually and as a band. These qualifications give a progression route from the very first steps on the student’s musical journey to the creation of performers with the skills, knowledge and confidence to be able to perform live as a band and to an audience. These are flexible assessments, available for groups of any size. Assessment is carried out entirely by tutor observation of lessons, rehearsals and performances.

From left: Dan Francis (Head of Sales and Partnerships, RSL Awards), Josh Franklin (Director, iRock), John Franklin (Director, iRock), David Jones (Business Development Manager, RSL Awards)

RSL Awards Head of Sales and Partnerships, Dan Francis said, “iRock School of Music’s mission to place high quality engagement and progression opportunities at the heart of what they do aligns beautifully with the principles underpinning the qualifications we offer at RSL Awards. This partnership provides a great way for children and young people to learn how to work and perform together whilst gaining formal recognition for the progress they make both individually and as a band.”

RSL Awards Business Development Manager, David Jones said, “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with iRock School of Music. Together, we can highlight the importance of in-school music education and ultimately inspire more young people to learn, perform and enjoy music. iRock’s weekly in-school sessions are delivered in a fun and engaging way by band coaches who give children the opportunity to discover their interest in music, and learn the key skills required to perform as a band."

iRock Managing Director, Josh Franklin said, “Here at iRock we are extremely excited by our new partnership with RSL. We pride ourselves on offering primary school children accessible and inclusive music lessons through our rock and pop band lessons. Our new found partnership with RSL now means we can offer children an exam free music qualification and celebrate and reward their achievements in a completely unique and innovative way.”

To learn more about iRock you can visit the company website here...

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In 1991, under the direction of founder Norton York, Rockschool created a unique set of products for a brand-new marketplace: recognised, graded qualifications for contemporary musicians. The traditional instruments performing in a rock band were included in the original graded examinations, Electric guitar, Bass guitar and Drums. After the initial success with these instruments, the company has developed syllabi in Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Piano and Keyboards, Ukulele, Contemporary Music Theory and the world's first Music Production syllabus.

Over recent years the company, based in West London, has developed a full suite of vocational qualifications for the creative industries, which are delivered in over 500 schools and colleges, principally in the UK. These sit alongside a program of contemporary dance qualifications, covering three distinct disciplines: musical theatre, jazz and street dance and a new suite of first to market CQ qualifications in Vlogging and Podcasting.

A head office team of 50, and a team of over 150 highly trained and certified global examiners, assessors and moderators help deliver the qualifications across the globe. RSL Awards qualifications are recognised and regulated at the highest level by OFQUAL, SFA, CCEA, Qualifications Wales and the Department for Education, with all successful level 3 (Grades 6–8) exams being awarded UCAS points, bolstering university applications.

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