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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.

This syllabus is designed to develop the contemporary musician and covers many genres including indie, metal drummer, pop and more.

Rockschool exams are available for individual Candidates in two exam formats, both of which can be taken face-to-face or via Recorded Exam:

  • Grade Exam - like the Classical "Comprehensive" exam, this covers everything you'd expect.
  • Performance Certificate - just the "Repertoire" and no technical exercises or discussion.
  • Video Graded Certificate - the Recorded Exam version of the Grade Exam with adapted Technical exercises.
  • Video Performance Certificate - the Recorded Exam option for the Performance Certificate.
  • Band - this is an option just for electric guitar, bass and drums at Grades 3, 5, and 8. Take this group exam to perform with your band - it could be your first gig!

This globally recognised syllabus is delivered by AMEB through our partnership with RSL. Based in the UK, the Rockschool brand specialises in music of the most popular genres in a range of contemporary styles. These qualifications are recognised globally with tens of thousands of exams conducted in the UK and over 40 countries around the world.

The 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.

Rockschool Diplomas are rigorous qualifications designed for contemporary professionals, focussing on career development rather than practical development. Exams can be undertaken in Performance, Teaching, or Creative Enterprise - this last one supports the development of professional musicians from a business perspective. Modules are flexible and portfolios are submitted online, in the Candidate's own time, providing a bespoke learning environment. And there are no pre-requisites!

AMEB Tasmania provides Rockschool exams but our national AMEB Rockschool website is a fantastic resource - it includes free downloadable syllabuses, advice on Free Choice Pieces, Recorded Exam Technical Exercises, plenty more information, and feature stories from our Rockschool Ambassadors.

Head to our dedicated AMEB Rockschool website to find out more and download the syllabuses.

Please note that reports and certificates will take a little longer to get to you compared with other AMEB timelines. This is due to the moderation process (via the UK) to adhere with the international qualification requirements of these awards.