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Performance is at the core of our new exams for Bass, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards and Vocals – reflecting the way rock and pop musicians learn today. Why Rock & Pop exams from Trinity College London? Our exams have been designed by musicians who know how to progress in the music industry and include real music by real artists from the Rolling Stones to Radiohead. Our song books include a demo and backing track CD as well as helpful information and learning tips. Songs are also available as individual download bundles from the online store. Our exams centre on performance and encourage individuality with options that include original songs and self-accompanied performance. Useful resources are available online, including video tutorials, as well as professional development support for music teachers.

Who are they for? Our Rock & Pop exams are for students of any age and any level, whether they are self-taught or taking lessons. They are also an excellent resource for classroom lessons or after-school music courses.

What will students get out of our Rock & Pop exams?

‘Amazing stuff’ Bass, June 2012

‘Nobody loves an exam but trust us, this one rocks!’ The Telegraph, India, June 2012

‘I very much enjoyed the opportunity to perform and I really look forward to working on the songs for my next Rock & Pop exam’ Ben Godwin, first ever Rock & Pop candidate (Grade 2 Bass)

Rock & Pop students will build confidence in playing and performance and gain practical skills and techniques through performing a set of songs and a Session skill (Improvising or Play-back). Students will learn about the context of the music and the artists that wrote it, as well as about songwriting, playing in bands and music copyright. Rock & Pop students will gain recognition for their skills through fully accredited qualifications which also carry UCAS points at Grades 6-8.

How to get started Entry is open now. Full information about our exams is available online including the syllabus, song-lists, details about the Session skills and venues. Our song books are available from our online store, and songs can also be purchased as individual download bundles. Entry can be made online or you can contact us at Rock& for more information.

Initial to Grade 5 songbooks available now Grades 6-8 coming soon

To find out more about the Rock & Pop exams and songbooks visit

Profile for Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

Music Journal September-October 2012  

magazine of the Incorporated Society of Musicians

Music Journal September-October 2012  

magazine of the Incorporated Society of Musicians