Grade Information - music solutions


Grades are a wonderful incentive for any drummer from the  beginner to the more advanced.  Major examination grades  also have the benefit of counting towards educational qualifications  from GCSE through to A Level.  Grades above level five also  count towards University UCAS points. The exams are nationally recognised.

Exam Boards we use

Rockschool - Rockschool is a more musically based exam board, it has a big emphasis on playing along to songs although there are technical exercises to play.  Visit the website for more information -

Trinity Guildhall - Trinity Guildhall is a more technical based exam board, it has a big emphasis on playing technical excersises although there are songs to play along with.  Visit the website for more information -

FAQs about exams

What happens during the exam?

During grading exams, pupils are required to play along to CD’s that have been supplied and written by the appropriate exam board whilst following the correct drum chart. Pupils will also have to play through technical exercises, sight read, improvise, read music and answer musical knowledge questions. The exam will be around 25 minutes long. This is a rough overview of what the exam involves. When you take exams with us, we will take you through it in detail so that you can rest assured.


Where do the exams take place?

Rockschool exams take place in Newport and Merthyr Tydfil. Trinity Guildhall exams usually take place in Llanishen in Cardiff. Everything is provided for you there, just bring your book and cd with your drum sticks.


Do I book the exams?

No (unless you want to). We will sort out everything for you. All you need to do is prepare for the exam and turn up to the exam centre.


When do exams take place?

There are three exam periods for Rockschool. Period A: 1st Febuary - 31st March, Period B: 1st May - 31st July, and Period C: 23rd October - 15th December.

Trinity exam periods vary.

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