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At every grade there is an option of sitting for a Grade Exam or Performance Certificate.

Rockschool Grades will equip you with Music Theory and Technique to take you to a higher level. You'll earn an internationally recognised qualification by performing songs chosen from a huge repertoire, expanding your vocabulary as an artist and developing your talent.

Performance Certificate: the only requirement is to sing five songs without additional exercises.

Each grade has its own book and comes with a download link, where you can get all the relevant materials including Backing Tracks, Supporting Tests and Technical Exercises.

There is a choice of Vocals, Piano or Band Based Keys, Guitar or Guitar Hot Rock with Exams split into five sections: Technical Exercises, Sight-Reading and Improvisation and Interpretation, Ear Test, Performance Pieces, and General Musicianship Questions. All pieces are contemporary.

Vocals

  1. Technical Exercises consisting of Scales, Arpeggios, Intervals, Technical Studies and for higher grades, Backing Vocals, Melodic and Stylistic Studies.
  2. Sight-Reading or Improvisation and Interpretation. Here you will practice this during lessons, but in the exam the material will be new. For higher grades, a Quick Study Piece will be in place of the above.
  3. Ear Tests, Melodic and Rhythmic Recall with higher grades including Harmony Recall.
  4. Performance of three songs where the examiner will be looking for execution in pitch, dynamics, and improvisation.
  5. General Musicianship Questions on your theory knowledge with vocal and microphone technique for higher grades.

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Piano

  1. Technical Exercises consist of Scales, Arpeggios, and Triads
  2. Sight-Reading and/or Improvisation and Interpretation.
  3. Ear Tests for Melodic Recall and Chord Recognition
  4. Three Performance Pieces
  5. General Musicianship Questions related to one Performance Piece in the following areas: Harmony, Melody, Rhythm, Technique, and Genre.

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Debut 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

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Band Based Keys

  1. Technical Exercises consist of Scales, Chords, Riffs, and for more advanced grades, Dominant 7ths
  2. Sight-Reading four bars of unfamiliar music using the Piano or Electric Piano Patch on your Keyboard. For more advanced grades, there will be Improvisation and Interpretation.
  3. Ear Tests on Melodic Recall and Chord Recognition, including Chord Recall for higher grades.
  4. Three Performance Pieces
  5. General Musicianship Questions on Theory and Knowledge of the Keyboard

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Guitar

  1. Technical Exercises consist of Scales, Chords, and Riffs, with Arpeggios for more advanced grades.
  2. Sight-Reading four bars of quarter and half notes - and for later exams, Improvisation.
  3. Ear Tests for Melodic Recall and Chord Recognition.
  4. Three Performance Pieces
  5. General Musicianship Questions related to one Performance Piece and knowledge of your instrument.

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