Rockschool founder Norton York first conceived of a dedicated set of rock and pop music qualifications back in 1990; a world where the CD was still a novelty and Nirvana were just releasing their hit record, Nevermind. In 1992 we launched the very first integrated Grade Music Exams for electric guitar, bass and drums. It was a radical breakthrough (even if it did come with cassette tapes) and offered rock and pop musicians the same grading structure as classical trained musicians for the first time ever.

Fast forward to 2013 and we've launched the fourth version of that very same Syllabus. Complete with album quality sounding tunes that are bespoke to each grade and performed by the cream of the UK session world, including Larry Carlton, Charlie Griffiths & Jason Bowld. Discover more at rockschool.co.uk.
 
The 2012 Syllabus is our very latest Syllabus and offers the best audio and performance pieces you'll find.

Check out the tunes and Syllabus guides below.
Guitar
Click below to listen to the 2012 Syllabus Guitar sampler. The audio contains small snippets from each grade.
Guitar Syllabus Guide
(1MB, 40 pages, .pdf)
Bass
Click below to listen to the 2012 Syllabus Bass sampler. The audio contains small snippets from each grade
Bass Syllabus Guide
(1MB, 40 pages, .pdf)
Drums
Click below to listen to the 2012 Syllabus Drums sampler. The audio contains small snippets from each grade
Drums Syllabus Guide
(380KB, 41 pages, .pdf)
 
 
  • Rockschool Bass - Grade 8 (2012-2018)
    Bass Guitar
    Sheet Music, CD
    £15.99
  • Rockschool Bass - Grade 5 (2012-2018)
    Bass Guitar
    Sheet Music, CD
    £14.99
  • Rockschool Bass - Grade 4 (2012-2018)
    Bass Guitar
    Sheet Music, CD
    £14.99
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