Exam board RSL Awards (Rockschool) has unveiled the first classical branch of its syllabus, RSL Classical Piano, providing an extensive repertoire by male and female composers from past and present for students of all grades.
Using Replay, the digital learning system that allows students to loop and slow down individual phrases and to transpose scores on PCs and tablets, the RSL learning approach offers a technological advantage to a classical course.
The exam format remains predominantly the same as the established RSL (Rockschool) approach but will also offer students the option to choose their own performance pieces.
RSL Awards founder Norton York said, ‘With the launch of the RSL Awards Classical series we are excited to bring this innovative approach to the classical tradition. We know millions of listeners love classical music. That enthusiasm is at the heart of our new series.
‘We have chosen an exceptional selection of pieces, carefully graded to foster and support progression, that are amongst the most cherished and admired pieces from the classical repertoire. We know the best results come from playing music that we love and enjoy, so we are sure pupils and teachers worldwide will welcome the challenge, fun and beauty to be gained from performing our classical pieces.’
RSL Awards CEO John Simpson added, ‘The RSL team has done an amazing job to pull together such an inspirational, diverse and academically rigorous classical syllabus which will quickly become recognised as an important benchmark for modern musicians who are looking to enjoy classical music.’
RSL Classical Piano is available to download from the RSL shop and will be available in physical formats from 1 December.