If you want to develop your vocal technique while singing some great rock and pop songs, our new exams and songbooks are for you. The Vocals song lists include music by Dusty Springfield, George Michael, Leona Lewis and Jeff Buckley.

Our exams and songbooks are ideal for all rock and pop vocalists – whether you’re self-taught or taking lessons. We’ve designed the exams so they’re about performance and creativity, giving you the skills you’ll need as a rock and pop musician.

For each exam you’ll sing three songs and perform one of the Session skills.


Video demos

Watch our videos on the Vocals grade pages to see professional musicians playing some of the music and demonstrating the technical skills you’ll be working on for your exam.

Watch our vocals demo

Vocalist Kelly Barnes performs music by The Crystals and Frankie Valli from our vocals syllabus. She’s singing to backing tracks from the CDs in our Rock & Pop vocals songbooks.

Songbooks and downloads

We’ve produced a songbook for each grade. Each book is an invaluable resource - it includes the sheet music for six songs, a CD with demo and backing tracks, performance notes and guidance on technical skills and Session skills.

And keep an eye on the website for more songs – we’ll be adding new tracks for each exam, available as downloads from our online store.


The music

As you progress through the grades you’ll explore great classic and contemporary rock and pop music. Our song lists will keep growing – new tracks will be available in our online store.

You decide the set list for your exam to show what you can do. As well as choosing two songs from our song list, you’ve got the option to play your own cover version of a song or a song that you’ve written.

This song may:
• be unaccompanied
• be played to a backing track (you can record this yourself)
• include your own accompaniment, on any instrument, performed live in the exam.


The session skills

The Session skills - Improvising and Playback – develop important skills that musicians need.



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