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Graded Music Exams

Perform to the highest level, when it matters most

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Acoustic Guitar

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Ready to make the grade?

Exams are held twice a year

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Get Graded with Rockschool

Master your instrument, find out what level you’re at or simply earn a globally recognised qualification that’s truly valuable whether you’re in Sydney or Shanghai.

Structure your Approach to Learning

Choose Your Weapon

We're passionate about all the major rock instruments. Whether you're an indie guitarist, metal drummer or pop pianist we've got a grade exam that will help you become a more accomplished and well-rounded musician.

The world's original and best rock and pop grades

Rockschool released its first guitar, bass and drums Grade Exams in 1991 to offer rock and pop musicians the same access and support to qualifications and training as traditional musicians.

Rock and Pop Grades for all levels and abilities

We'll take you from complete beginner (Entry Level 2) to professional standard (Grade 8) at a pace that suits you. We've made sure the learning curve is gradual, challenging and rewarding.

A true measure of your musical ability

A Rockschool Grade is a true gauge of your playing and musical ability. What you'll learn is tailored to fit real-world music situations and your exams are based on performance.

Specialist styles to suit your musical tastes

Our performance pieces are focused on the most popular contemporary genres and written to put every ounce of your technique and performing ability to the test.

Play Free Choice Pieces in your exams

At each grade you can pick your own songs to play in your exam, as well as Rockschool's own compositions. They can be any you like, just bring the sheet music and audio to your exam.

Grade Exam or Performance Certificate?

At every grade we give you the option of sitting a Grade Exam or Performance Certificate.

A Grade Exam is:
  • 3 performance pieces — 2 of which can be free choice pieces
  • Technical work
  • Sight Reading or Improvisation
  • Ear tests
  • General Musicianship Questions
A Performance Certificate is:
  • 5 performance pieces — 3 of which can be Free Choice Pieces

Choose your Instrument

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Vocals
Globally recognised Vocals Grades for beginner to advanced singers.
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Piano
Internationally recognised Piano Grades for contemporary pianists.
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Band Based Keys
Globally recognised Band Based Keys Grades for beginner to advanced players.
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Acoustic Guitar
Globally recognised Acoustic Guitar Grades for beginner to advanced guitarists.
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Electric Guitar
Globally recognised Electric Guitar Grades for beginner to advanced guitarists.
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Bass
Globally recognised Bass Grades for beginner to advanced bassists.
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Drums
Globally recognised Drums Grades for beginner to advanced drummers.

Steps

Completing a Rockschool Music Grade is a rewarding experience, we’ll get you on your path to success in no-time.
To get started, simply grab your Music book from the shop.

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Practice

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Sit Exam

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Receive Results

Dates & Fees

Next exam period Exam dates vary by state
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Next closing date Closing dates vary by state
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Exam fee AU$75 — AU$175
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Contact your local AMEB State Office to book an exam.