RSL Awards are proud announce the upcoming launch of a new suite of Grades, from Debut to Grade 8, for Classical Violin!

Classical Violin will become the second set of qualifications released under the RSL Classical brand, following the well received Classical Piano.

Want to win the ultimate Stentor violin starter pack and a full set of RSL Classical Violin grade books for you or your student, and sign up to our launch webinars? Click here to jump down the page and find out more...

We're building on our commitment to offering classical musicians the most diverse and well represented collection of repertoire. Each Classical Violin grade features 10 tracks encompassing the rich heritage of music from the Baroque period, right through to modern day and emerging composers.

We have also included two popular music pieces at every grade that are that are benchmarked to the exact same rigorous standards as the classical repertoire. From Debut – Grade 3, a number of duets have been included to aid interaction between the student and teacher. The exemplar recordings and backing tracks (where appropriate) for each of the pieces are included with the book.

RSL Classical Violin will include repertoire from the likes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Clara Schumann, Jose White, Le Chevalier de Saint Georges, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Ignatius Sancho, Lili Boulanger, Jean Sibelius, Florence Price, George Friderik Handel, Germaine Tailleferre, Nikki Isles, Bela Bartok, Grazyna Bacewicz, Felipe Gutierrez y Espinosa, Pyotr Ilyrih Tchaikovsky, John Williams, Ed Sheehan, Dua Lipa, The Weeknd Jamiroquai, Clean Bandit, Coldplay and Beyonce... to name but a few!

Alongside the repertoire, all RSL Awards graded music publications include all the technical exercises that candidates need to prepare, and examples of all the supporting tests that candidates may be subject to in their exam.

Technical Exercises

Technical Exercises are required for Graded Examinations and Graded Certificates. In all grades there are three sections to the technical exercises:
  • Scales
  • Arpeggios
  • Technical Studies

Supporting Tests

Supporting Tests are required in Graded Examinations. In all grades there are three sections to the tests:
  • Sight Reading OR Improvisation and Interpretation
  • Ear Tests
  • General Musicianship Questions

Qualifications Available

Like all RSL Awards qualifications we have designed a flexible and fun group of qualifications for students to take. RSL Classical Violin will be able to be taken in three different variations that can help learners adapt their assessment to the form that best suits them. These will be available from Debut – Grade 8, with Grades 6 – 8 carrying UCAS points in all formats.

Graded Exam

Exam Formats: Face-to-face or Live Stream
Number of Pieces: 3
Technical Exercises: Examiner Selection of Scales, Arpeggios/Broken Chords, and Technical Studies
Unseen Tests: Sight Reading OR Improvisation, Ear Test, and General Musicianship Questions

Graded Certificate

Exam Format: Recorded Digital
Number of Pieces: 3
Technical Exercises: All Published Scales, Arpeggios/Broken Chords, and Technical Studies
Unseen Tests: None

Performance Certificate

Exam Formats: Recorded Digital, Face-to-face or Live Stream
Number of Pieces: 5
Technical Exercises: None
Unseen Tests: None

Candidates may choose to play up to five pieces for a Performance Certificate, or three pieces for a Graded Exam/Certificate all from the repertoire lists of another UK Accredited Examination Board.


Exams can be booked via our online booking portal!


Our team of experts, led by Dan Francis, will be hosting two webinars in September exploring the upcoming RSL Classical Violin syllabus. These sessions are designed for you to understand the academic rigour at each level of qualification, the rationale behind the syllabus and a breakdown of what students will need to do at each grade with sample repertoire included. There will also be a live Q&A and practical demonstrations of some of the repertoire from one of the lead consultants of the syllabus. Sign up via the form below!

Competition Time!

If you're new to the world of violin, you teach violin, or you just like entering competitions... then we've got you covered! To stand the chance of winning a Stentor Student violin, including a hard case, bow, tuner, spare strings, music stand AND a full set of RSL Classical Violin Grade books, simply fill out the form below!

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    Ts&Cs apply. Three prizes available. Competition winners will be announced in September 2021.