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Rockschool Video Exams

2021 update

Video examination performances are now submitted directly to AMEB Victoria via YouTube. The enrolling person or candidate must create a Google account, then a YouTube channel, to which the video will be uploaded. The visibility setting should be set to unlisted so that the video can be shared with AMEB but will not appear in YouTube search results.

Click here to download the Rockschool video exam guide.

Click here to download the Video Exam Tips information sheet.

Click here to download Rockschool exam options 2021.

Click here to read about uploading to YouTube.


AMEB is proud to continue its partnership with RSL to deliver Rockschool exams in Australia. Based in the UK, Rockschool specialises in music of the most popular genres in a range of contemporary styles. Its qualifications are recognised globally with tens of thousands of exams conducted in the UK and over 40 countries around the world.

Rockschool Grade Exam

The Rockschool Grade Exam syllabus provides a framework for the progressive development of a wide range of musical and technical skills, over a series of grades and diplomas from beginner to expert level.
Technical, aural and sight-reading skills are acquired in a sequential way. Performance pieces are focused on the most popular contemporary genres and selected by experts to suit the needs of students at their particular stage of development.

A Rockschool Grade exam (from Debut to Grade 8) typically includes:
• 3 Performance Pieces – two of which may be Free Choice pieces
• Technical Exercises
• Sight-reading, Improvisation & Interpretation (Debut to Grade 5) or Quick Study Pieces (Grades 6 to 8)
• Ear Tests
• General Musicianship questions

Rockschool Performance Certificates

The candidate plays five pieces; there are no Technical Exercises, Ear Tests, Sight-reading or General Musicianship requirements in a Performance Certificate exam.

A Performance Certificate exam includes:
• 5 Performance Pieces (Debut to Grade 8) – three of which may be Free Choice pieces

Examination requirements

It is essential that teachers and candidates consult the current year’s syllabus for details of examination requirements. Rockschool Syllabuses are available as a digital (PDF) file free-of-charge from the Rockschool Australia website: www.rockschool.ameb.edu.au

Support Materials

A range of publications to support Rockschool teaching and learning are listed on the AMEB Victoria website and may be purchased from AMEB Connect.

Exam tips can be accessed from the Rockschool Australia website: www.rockschool.ameb.edu.au/exam-tips/

Results

Due to new regulatory requirements by Rockschool’s certification body in the UK, Ofqual, all Rockschool reports will now be moderated in the UK before being released. This will result in a longer wait for both results and certificates.

Enrolling for examinations

Rockschool Grade Exams and Performance Certificates are offered in two Special Subject Sessions. <Click here for exam dates>

Enrolments are received via our online service centre AMEB Connect (Victoria).

Popular Music Theory and Music Production Exams are administered by the AMEB Federal Office. For further information go to: www.rockschool.ameb.edu

Rockschool is a vibrant, contemporary music program of exams and qualifications for electric guitar, acoustic guitar, bass, drums, vocals, piano, ukulele, bands, popular music theory and music production.

New (2019) Acoustic Guitar

The Acoustic Guitar syllabus was updated in September 2019. From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ 2016 Acoustic Guitar syllabus is no longer available for examination.

Resources

Rockschool Acoustic Guitar Grade Books (Debut – Grade 8) (2019+)

New (2019) Acoustic Guitar Subjects Numbers and Fees 2021
8434Grade Exam Debut (2019)$117.00
8435Grade Exam Grade 1 (2019)$153.00
8436Grade Exam Grade 2 (2019)$158.00
8437Grade Exam Grade 3 (2019)$168.00
8438Grade Exam Grade 4 (2019)$183.00
8439Grade Exam Grade 5 (2019)$194.00
8440Grade Exam Grade 6 (2019)$209.00
8441Grade Exam Grade 7 (2019)$219.00
8442Grade Exam Grade 8 (2019)$229.00
8443Performance Certificate Debut (2019)$117.00
8444Performance Certificate Grade 1 (2019)$153.00
8445Performance Certificate Grade 2 (2019)$158.00
8446Performance Certificate Grade 3 (2019)$168.00
8447Performance Certificate Grade 4 (2019)$183.00
8448Performance Certificate Grade 5 (2019)$194.00
8449Performance Certificate Grade 6 (2019)$209.00
8450Performance Certificate Grade 7 (2019)$219.00
8451Performance Certificate Grade 8 (2019)$229.00

Band

Band Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 (per candidate) 
8100Performance Certificate Grade 3$82.00
8101Performance Certificate Grade 5$87.00
8102Performance Certificate Grade 8$97.00

Bass

Resources

Rockschool Bass Grade Books and Online Audio (Debut – Grade 8) (2018 to 2024)
Rockschool Let’s Rock Start Playing Now (Bass, Drums, Guitar)

Bass Subject Numbers and Fees 2021
8201Let's Rock Premiere$97.00
8020Grade Exam Debut$117.00
8021Grade Exam Grade 1$153.00
8022Grade Exam Grade 2$158.00
8023Grade Exam Grade 3$168.00
8024Grade Exam Grade 4$183.00
8025Grade Exam Grade 5$194.00
8026Grade Exam Grade 6$209.00
8027Grade Exam Grade 7$219.00
8028Grade Exam Grade 8$229.00
8301Diploma of RSL (Level 4)$448.00
8316Professional Diploma (Level 4)(2019)$564.00
8311Licentiate of RSL (Level 6)$620.00
8321Professional Diploma (Level 6) (2019)$859.00
8030Performance Certificate Debut$117.00
8031Performance Certificate Grade 1$153.00
8032Performance Certificate Grade 2$158.00
8033Performance Certificate Grade 3$168.00
8034Performance Certificate Grade 4$183.00
8035Performance Certificate Grade 5$194.00
8036Performance Certificate Grade 6$209.00
8037Performance Certificate Grade 7$219.00
8038Performance Certificate Grade 8$229.00

Drums

Resources

Rockschool Drums Grade Books and Online Audio (Debut – Grade 8) (2018 to 2024)
Rockschool Classics Drums Grade Books (Grades 1 – 8)
Rockschool Hot Rock Drums Grade Books (Grades 1 – 5) (2014)
Rockschool Let’s Rock Start Playing Now (Bass, Drums, Guitar)

Drums Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 
8202Let's Rock Premiere$97.00
8040Grade Exam Debut$117.00
8041Grade Exam Grade 1$153.00
8042Grade Exam Grade 2$158.00
8043Grade Exam Grade 3$168.00
8044Grade Exam Grade 4$183.00
8045Grade Exam Grade 5$194.00
8046Grade Exam Grade 6$209.00
8047Grade Exam Grade 7$219.00
8048Grade Exam Grade 8$229.00
8302Diploma of RSL (Level 4)$448.00
8317Professional Diploma (Level 4)(2019)$564.00
8312Licentiate of RSL (Level 6)$620.00
8322Professional Diploma (Level 6)(2019)$859.00
8050Performance Certificate Debut$117.00
8051Performance Certificate Grade 1$153.00
8052Performance Certificate Grade 2$158.00
8053Performance Certificate Grade 3$168.00
8054Performance Certificate Grade 4$183.00
8055Performance Certificate Grade 5$194.00
8056Performance Certificate Grade 6$209.00
8057Performance Certificate Grade 7$219.00
8058Performance Certificate Grade 8$229.00

Guitar

Resources

Rockschool Guitar Grade Books and Online Audio (Debut – Grade 8) (2018 to 2024)
Rockschool Classics Guitar Grade Books (Grades 1 – 8)
Rockschool Hot Rock Guitar Grade Books (Grades 1 – 5) (2014)
Rockschool Let’s Rock Start Playing Now (Bass, Drums, Guitar)

Guitar Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 
8200Let's Rock Premiere$97.00
8000Grade Exam Debut$117.00
8001Grade Exam Grade 1$153.00
8002Grade Exam Grade 2$158.00
8003Grade Exam Grade 3$168.00
8004Grade Exam Grade 4$183.00
8005Grade Exam Grade 5$194.00
8006Grade Exam Grade 6$209.00
8007Grade Exam Grade 7$219.00
8008Grade Exam Grade 8$229.00
8300Diploma of RSL (Level 4)$448.00
8315Professional Diploma (Level 4) (2019)$564.00
8310Licentiate of RSL (Level 6)$620.00
8320Professional Diploma (Level 6) (2019)$859.00
8010Performance Certificate Debut$117.00
8011Performance Certificate Grade 1$153.00
8012Performance Certificate Grade 2$158.00
8013Performance Certificate Grade 3$168.00
8014Performance Certificate Grade 4$183.00
8015Performance Certificate Grade 5$194.00
8016Performance Certificate Grade 6$209.00
8017Performance Certificate Grade 7$219.00
8018Performance Certificate Grade 8$229.00

Keys

New 2019 Rockschool Keys Syllabus

The new Rockschool Keys syllabus is available for examination in 2020.

Resources

Rockschool Keys Grade Books (Grade 1 – Grade 8)(2019+)

Rockschool Keys Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 
8720Grade Exam Debut$117.00
8721Grade Exam Grade 1$153.00
8722Grade Exam Grade 2$158.00
8723Grade Exam Grade 3$168.00
8724Grade Exam Grade 4$183.00
8725Grade Exam Grade 5$194.00
8726Grade Exam Grade 6$209.00
8727Grade Exam Grade 7$219.00
8728Grade Exam Grade 8$229.00
8730Performance Certificate Debut$117.00
8731Performance Certificate Grade 1$153.00
8732Performance Certificate Grade 2$158.00
8733Performance Certificate Grade 3$168.00
8734Performance Certificate Grade 4$183.00
8735Performance Certificate Grade 5$194.00
8736Performance Certificate Grade 6$209.00
8737Performance Certificate Grade 7$219.00
8738Performance Certificate Grade 8$229.00

Piano

New 2019 Rockschool Piano Syllabus

The Rockschool Piano syllabus was updated in July 2019. From the start of 2021 the ‘old’ 2015 Rockschool Piano syllabus is no longer available for examination.

Resources

Rockschool Piano 2019+ Grade Books (Grade 1 – Grade 8)*

New (2019) Piano Syllabus Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 
8700Grade Exam Debut (2019)$117.00
8701Grade Exam Grade 1 (2019)$153.00
8702Grade Exam Grade 2 (2019)$158.00
8703Grade Exam Grade 3 (2019)$168.00
8704Grade Exam Grade 4 (2019)$183.00
8705Grade Exam Grade 5 (2019)$194.00
8706Grade Exam Grade 6 (2019)$209.00
8707Grade Exam Grade 7 (2019)$219.00
8708Grade Exam Grade 8 (2019)$229.00
8318Professional Diploma (Level 4) (2019)$564.00
8323Professional Diploma (Level 6) (2019)$859.00
8710Performance Certificate Debut (2019)$117.00
8711Performance Certificate Grade 1 (2019)$153.00
8712Performance Certificate Grade 2 (2019)$158.00
8713Performance Certificate Grade 3 (2019)$168.00
8714Performance Certificate Grade 4 (2019)$183.00
8715Performance Certificate Grade 5 (2019)$194.00
8716Performance Certificate Grade 6 (2019)$209.00
8717Performance Certificate Grade 7 (2019)$219.00
8718Performance Certificate Grade 8 (2019)$229.00

New (2020) Ukulele

The Ukulele syllabus was updated in September 2020 and the old and new syllabuses will run concurrently during 2021.

Examination entries: To enter for examination in the new syllabus, select the Rockschool Ukulele – New Syllabus (2020) in AMEB Connect. Note that it is not acceptable to present for examination with a mix of new and old syllabuses.

Resources

Rockschool Ukulele 2020+ Grade Books (Debut – Grade 8)

New (2020) Ukulele Subjects Numbers and Fees 2021
8470Grade Exam Debut (2020)$117.00
8471Grade Exam Grade 1 (2020)$153.00
8472Grade Exam Grade 2 (2020)$158.00
8473Grade Exam Grade 3 (2020)$168.00
8474Grade Exam Grade 4 (2020)$183.00
8475Grade Exam Grade 5 (2020)$194.00
8476Grade Exam Grade 6 (2020)$209.00
8477Grade Exam Grade 7 (2020)$219.00
8478Grade Exam Grade 8 (2020)$229.00
8480Performance Certificate Debut (2020)$117.00
8481Performance Certificate Grade 1 (2020)$153.00
8482Performance Certificate Grade 2 (2020)$158.00
8483Performance Certificate Grade 3 (2020)$168.00
8484Performance Certificate Grade 4 (2020)$183.00
8485Performance Certificate Grade 5 (2020)$194.00
8486Performance Certificate Grade 6 (2020)$209.00
8487Performance Certificate Grade 7 (2020)$219.00
8488Performance Certificate Grade 8 (2020)$229.00

Old (2017) Ukulele

Notice of withdrawal

The Rockschool Ukulele syllabus was updated in September 2020 and the old and new syllabuses will run concurrently during 2021. Form the start of 2022 the ‘old’ 2017 Ukulele syllabus will no longer be available for examination.

Examination entries: To enter for examination in the ‘old’ syllabus select the Rockschool Ukulele (2017) syllabus.

Resources

Rockschool Ukulele Grade Books (Debut – Grade 3) (2017)

Ukulele Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 
8420Grade Exam Debut$117.00
8421Grade Exam Grade 1$153.00
8422Grade Exam Grade 2$158.00
8423Grade Exam Grade 3$168.00
8430Performance Certificate Debut$117.00
8431Performance Certificate Grade 1$153.00
8432Performance Certificate Grade 2$158.00
8433Performance Certificate Grade 3$168.00

Vocals

Resources

Rockschool Vocals Grade Books, Female and Male editions (Grades 1 – 8) (2014 to 2020)

Vocals Subject Numbers and Fees 2021 
8081Grade Exam Grade 1$153.00
8082Grade Exam Grade 2$158.00
8083Grade Exam Grade 3$168.00
8084Grade Exam Grade 4$183.00
8095Grade Exam Grade 5$194.00
8086Grade Exam Grade 6$209.00
8087Grade Exam Grade 7$219.00
8088Grade Exam Grade 8$229.00
8304Diploma of RSL (Level 4)$448.00
8319Professional Diploma (Level 4)(2019)$564.00
8314Licentiate of RSL (Level 6)$620.00
8324Professional Diploma (Level 6)(2019)$859.00
8091Performance Certificate Grade 1$153.00
8092Performance Certificate Grade 2$158.00
8093Performance Certificate Grade 3$168.00
8094Performance Certificate Grade 4$183.00
8095Performance Certificate Grade 5$194.00
8096Performance Certificate Grade 6$209.00
8097Performance Certificate Grade 7$219.00
8098Performance Certificate Grade 8$229.00

All prices are in Australian dollars and include GST.

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