Band Based Keys

Band Based Keys exams put performance at the heart of the exam. Each grade has a wide choice of repertoire that covers all the key skills required at that level. Our tunes are written to reflect popular rock styles and inspire improvisation.

Grades

Rockschool's Band Based Keyboards qualifications are offered at Entry Level and Grades 1-5. They're also accredited and have respective QCF credit values and UCAS points. Click on a specific grade below to view more information.

Grade Level QCF Credit UCAS Points Accredited
Entry Level (Debut) Entry Level 4 - Accredited
Grade 1 Level 1 6 - Accredited
Grade 2 Level 1 9 - Accredited
Grade 3 Level 1 12 - Accredited
Grade 4 Level 2 15 - Accredited
Grade 5 Level 2 18 - Accredited

The qualifications regulators of England (OfQual), the Welsh Government (DCELLS) and Northern Ireland (CCEA) accredit Graded Music Exams, Entry Level (Debut) to Grade 8. The qualifications regulator of Scotland (SQA Accreditation) accredit Graded Music Exams, Grades 1 to 8.

Grade Exam or Performance Certificate

There are two types of exams offered by Rockschool, at each grade; Grade Exams and Performance Certificates. What's the difference? Grade Exams consist of 3 performance pieces, technical exercises and musicianship tests. Whereas Performance Certificates consists of 5 performance pieces and no other tests or exercises.

Exam Centres

Rockschool has a long list of exam centres all across the UK and internationally. You can locate an exam centre by using our centre search tool.

Instrument Specification

Keyboards must have at least 61 keys with the following patches: acoustic piano, electric piano, organ, strings and synth. At Grades 4 and 5 candidates will also need a sustain pedal.

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