RSL Awards Grades 1 - 8 in Music Production (Qualification course)

Black & Gold Audio is now able to deliver the RSL Graded Music Production qualifications. The aim of these qualifications is to provide a flexible, progressive mastery approach to the knowledge, skills and understanding required for music production, technology and recording.

RSL’s graded qualifications motivate and encourage candidates of all ages and levels through a system of progressive mastery, enabling candidates to develop and enhance skills, knowledge and understanding in a safe and consistent way.

On completion of a Rockschool Music Production grade, every candidate will own a wealth of technical, practical and theoretical knowledge that they can apply to real-world scenarios - whether it's in audio production, electronic music production, mixing, editing, mastering or sound for media. There are 8 grades to work through, each has a combination of an exam, listening test and practical coursework assessments, earning credits that can be transformed into UCAS points.

Who is this course for?

Candidate Age - These qualifications are suitable for candidates in the Under 16, 16+, 16–18, 19+ age groups..

What will I learn?

This first Grade 1 course will run for 2 terms (September – April) and is delivered remotely in after school hours. For as little as £3.75 per week you are learning industry knowledge and skills all delivered by expert tutors. In Grade 1 you will:

  1. 1. Understand the Key Terminology used in modern music production

  2. 2. Understand the fundamentals of sound and audio in relation to modern music production

  3. 3. Demonstrate effective listening skills relevant to modern music production

  4. 4. Demonstrate effective music production technique.

What are the Entry Requirements?

Computer & WIFI - candidates would require their own PC/Mac systems and a WIFI /Wired Connection to enable remote learning. Both PC & Mac systems should be running a minimum of an Intel Core I series or AMD Ryzen multi-core  / 4GB of RAM / 20GB Free Hardrive Space. MIDI Keyboard Controller – not a requirement for this level but extremely useful, a 25key model would suffice.

Are there any additional benefits?

Steinberg Cubase LE 10.5 - An education package from Steinberg is available to candidates undertaking the RSL Graded Exams 1 to 4. Black & Gold Audio as an education partner have free licences for Cubase LE as a Music Production Starter Kit with over 10GB of sounds, loops and effects, it’s an amazing entry level program and works well alongside the RSL Graded exams. This free version is for students to have / own / keep and load onto their own computers – Mac or PC, meaning they can all have access to engage in creative music making away from their taught sessions. Upgrading to higher versions of Cubase can also be achieved with educational discounts for those studying these qualifications..


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What can I do after this course to progress?

All grade 1 students can continue to progress the ough the grading system after successful completion of each. Grades 1-3 can be delivered remotely but 4 - 8 requires student to engage in studio hardware based training. Want to know more? Visit RSL Awards Website

The Course Details.

Fee: £45 per term / £45 exam entry fee (payable on application to exam)

Dates: Term 1 (11/09/20 - 18/12/20) / Term 2 (8/1/20 - 26/3/2020)

Day: Friday’s (term time only)

Times: 4.30pm – 5.30pm

Location: Remote Learning through Zoom

To Enrol or for further enquiries:   07971 277298 /