PAA Repertoire

Creative and flexible content chosen by the teacher

The format and content of a PAA Musical Theatre performance is completely up to the teacher. Choosing either a Show or a Group performance, PAA exams are inclusive enabling children to perform together no matter what age or grade.

PAA Performer

Creating an all round performer

PAA Musical Theatre examinations contain three core elements, The Performance, Technical Skills and Understanding and Reflection producing a well rounded performer equipped with industry relevant skills and knowledge.

PAA Worldwide

Our examiners come to you

Our Musical Theatre examiners come to you, meaning examinations take place at your preferred location where your students are comfortable, and can perform to the best of their abilities.


UCAS points

UCAS points are available at grades 6, 7 and 8, supporting students progression onto University, or for a career in the performing arts industry.

PAA Ofqual

Regulated by OfQual, Qualifications Wales & CCEA

We’re fully regulated by OfQual, Qualifications Wales & CCEA. Our Musical Theatre grades are internationally recognised.

PAA Progression

Beginner to advanced

We assess the complete range of musical theatre levels from the early stages (Debut) all the way up to a professional standard (Grade 8).

The Exam

PAA Grade Exams has been specifically designed to give teachers the creative freedom to build a bespoke curriculum around their own teaching styles and existing programme.

The Performance

A group piece of musical theatre, performed from memory, in which candidates perform a range of acting, singing and dancing throughout

Technical Skill Demonstration

Acting, singing or dancing skills demonstrated through a series of short exercises designed to be achievable during a class warm up or technical workshop over a number of weeks

Understanding and Reflection

The sharing of ideas on the given topic based on the performance seen in the examination in a discussion facilitated by the examiner

How It Works


Download the syllabus and supporting content

RSL have provided a range of supporting content to help you get started with teaching PAA Musical Theatre grades.


Start teaching the PAA Musical Theatre Syllabus

The PAA Musical Theatre syllabus is fully adaptable to fit various class sizes and performances.


Book a PAA examiner to assess your upcoming show

PAA Musical Theatre grades make it easy for students to be assessed in their upcoming show.

Digital Files

For the RSL shop we’ve chosen the most widely used media for ease of use and flexibility when transferring across different devices.

Every complete digital book (e.g. Electric Guitar Grade 1) includes:

  • PDF sheet music
  • MP3 audio
  • Supporting tests

Download Limits

We know downloading digital content can be frustrating at times which is why we’ve given you multiple chances to download your audio and sheet music.

Each complete digital book purchased includes:

  • 5 audio downloads
  • 3 sheet music downloadsThis means if you misplace your content, or if your download times-out, you’ll still have plenty of attempts to download your content.

Purchase Options

1. Hard Copy

The hard copy or paperback version can be purchased from our shop for shipping to the UK. Orders for shipping to other countries can be placed via The paperback version includes everything you need for your exam in one essential book, including sheet music, a code for access to MP3 audio and complete supporting tests.

2. Digital Download (where applicable)

Digital downloads is the most popular way of purchasing and downloading a Rockschool book, track or supporting test. Rockschool digital book downloads come complete with PDF sheet music, MP3 audio and supporting tests for instant accessibility on all your favourite devices.

Note: Digital sheet music is stamped with your email address and order number.

3. Digital Download + E-Book Access

The RSL e-books, utilising Learning Platform technology powered by MatchMySound, are the ultimate practise tool, giving you the ability to master your instrument like never before.

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