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Free Choice Pieces can be used in all Rockschool Grade Examinations and Performance Certificates Grades Debut to Grade 8. There are no Free Choice Pieces for Premiere exams.

Free Choice Pieces Criteria

If you would like to perform one or more free choice pieces then please follow the criteria for each level and type of exam. Full criteria by instrument and grade are available below.

Free Choice Pieces - Information

Free Choice Pieces can be used in all Rockschool Grade Examinations and Performance Certificates Grades Debut to Grade 8. There are no Free Choice Pieces for Premiere exams.

Backing tracks are no longer mandatory for Free Choice Pieces. If you do have one it should be brought to the exam on a USB stick and sheet music must be provided for the examiner.

You do not need to seek permission for your choice. If your teacher deems it to be of the correct standard and the length is similar to the pieces in the Grade book, then you are welcome to perform it.

For all graded examinations and video graded certificates, candidates may choose to perform a maximum of two free choice pieces.

For all performance certificates (except Premiere), in addition to a minimum of two performance piece from the RSL grade book, candidates may choose to perform a maximum of three free choice pieces.

Any style of music is now permitted, including traditional and classical.

Backing Tracks:

Backing tracks are no longer mandatory for Free Choice Pieces.

Duration:

For information on free choice piece durations, please download the relevant document for your chosen syllabus from the links above.

Candidates are reminded that RSL examination regulations state that pieces must be performed to the exact requirements as detailed in the relevant syllabus guide. If a performance piece overruns, the examiner may halt the performance and only assess the material demonstrated until that point.

Sheet Music:

Free choice pieces must be available in fully notated sheet music. Candidates need to bring a copy of the sheet music for the examiner to refer to during the examination. It is acceptable for candidates to refer to their own duplicate copy during the performance. Candidates are reminded that both copies need to fully reflect the interpretation and intended performance of the piece. Examiners will retain all photocopied materials from the exam session.

If sheet music is not provided for a free choice piece this will be deemed a ‘partial submission’ and may be reflected in the marking and comments.

Inadmissible Pieces:

If more free choice pieces are presented than allowed (ie. a third free choice piece in a graded exam or video graded certificate, or a fourth / fifth free choice piece in a performance certificate), the additional pieces will be judged as inadmissible and will receive a mark of zero.

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