Yamaha and Rockschool Graded Music Exams

Yamaha + Rockschool Graded Examinations

The Shared Rockschool and Yamaha Philosophy

At Rockschool, we are proud to work closely with our partners Yamaha to give candidates across the world access to a quality music education with the Yamaha Rockschool exams. Starting in the UK in 2005, this special collaboration has seen the development of four specially commissioned Rockschool syllabuses for Yamaha candidates. Launching internationally in 2016 the shared philosophy between the two companies has seen thousands of examinations in Yamaha centres all over the world providing musicians with the foundations to succeed.

Yamaha and Rockschool: a partnership for progress 

The Yamaha Rockschool exams are available for the teaching materials that are highlighted in this brochure for drums, guitar, and keyboards. (Please note these teaching materials may not be available in all territories)

What Yamaha courses does Rockschool examine? 

Why are Rockschool graded exams important for Yamaha learners?

How are Rockschool grades examined? 

Rockschool examiners attend Yamaha examination centres on specific exam days arranged by Rockschool Reps and your local Yamaha Music School. All Rockschool examiners are professional musicians and experienced educators trained to the highest possible standards. Rockschool believes in regular standardisation ensuring that all our examiners maintain the exacting consistent standards that have made Rockschool the world leaders in popular music education.

Yamaha – RSL Video Exams


Yamaha Instrumental courses leading to Rockschool exams

Drum Encounters 

Drum Encounters students will experience a fun and innovative way to learn to play drums, designed to take students from beginner to advanced level. Open to anyone from the age of 7, Drum Encounters is ideal for those seriously considering a musical career and also for those who want to play just for fun. Taught in groups of up to six students the course offers you a unique way to learn. The course combines the best elements of traditional one-to-one drum lessons with a creative, modern approach.


Yamaha Drum Encounters – RSL Video Exams


Guitar Encounters 

Guitar Encounters is a course for electric/electro-acoustic guitar for students aged 7 years upward, helping students master a range of styles and techniques from beginner to advanced level in a fun and innovative way.
Guitar Encounters teaches general music and guitar-specific notation and theory. The course material includes the major milestones in popular guitar styles.

Yamaha – Guitar Encounters Syllabus Guide Yamaha Guitar Encounters – RSL Video Exams


Play for Keeps 

Play for Keeps is the ideal course for students of all ages wanting to play the keyboard in a fun and creative environment. Working in a group of up to eight students, students will have the additional advantage of being able to learn to play in a band, as well as solo. The course will take the students from beginner to Grade 8 standard. It encompasses a broad range of musical genres, with a focus on popular music from the Rock & Roll era to the present day.

Yamaha – Play For Keeps Syllabus Guide Yamaha Play For Keeps Piano & Keys – RSL Digital Exams Technical Exercises


Class Vocals

Discover your individual voice with the support of your peers with Yamaha Class Vocals. From Debut – Grade 3, learn a huge range of musical skills and techniques as you perform a huge range of modern music styles. Not only will you learn to read music, you will build the confidence to sing solo in front of your classmates whilst learning how to harmonise with other vocalists.

Yamaha Class Vocals Syllabus Guide Yamaha Class Vocals – RSL Digital Exams Technical Exercises