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RSL exists to empower teachers, learners and future industry leaders, with the benchmark in academically rigorous, industry-relevant music & performing arts qualifications



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RSL was founded on an ethos to provide innovative, contemporary qualifications for music and the arts.

Being at the forefront of the industry for over 25 years, our operations include Rockschool Graded Music Exams, Professional Diplomas, Vocational Qualifications (VQ’s) and Performance Arts Awards (PAA).

We pride ourselves on delivering the most academically rigorous, industry-relevant qualifications designed to support aspiring artists, educators and teaching establishments – wherever they may be.

Our story

From a small office in West London in 1991, RSL (Rockschool Ltd) had a dream to change the landscape of formal music education, and sought to become the first viable alternative to the traditional offerings available in Britain at the time.

To simultaneously fill the void and satisfy a demand that they knew was out there, founders Norton York and Dr. Simon Pitt initially developed a guitar, bass and drums syllabus for the contemporary musician. Rockschool began offering these exams in the summer of 1991, making it the world’s first graded exam syllabus for popular music.

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