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Vocals Grade 8 Exam


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In this exam, our automated examiner SARA will ask you to perform your 5 chosen pieces. Includes a free mock exam.

Exam accredited & recognised internationally: Yes

Qualification Credits:
Qualification Number: 603/4582/2
Level: Level 3 Diploma
Total Credits: 32
EQF Credits: 4
RQF Credits: 3

Certificate: Yes
Exam duration: 30 minutes
Time to complete exam from purchase: 3 months

About the exam:
This exam is a performance exam concentrating on Pieces only. Students will get feedback on their performance with helpful suggestions from a professional singer, performer and verified examiner. Includes a free mock exam.

What do I need to perform: (For marking parameters, refer to the syllabus in the link above)
5 songs with a short introduction to each. 3 minutes – 6 minutes each song, with a backing track or live accompaniment
Time Signatures accepted: All time signatures
Range and Register: Up to 2 octaves (minimum 10th) frequent changes between low and high registers with fast changes
Melodic Composition: A more challenging intervallic melody shown throughout, Leaps across the entire range may be
Rhythmic Values: A variety of all rhythms with increasing complexity than previous grades
Dynamics: All dynamics
Phrasing/Articulation Ornamentation: Increasing variation and complexity, melisma and rap can be used, effects may be used such as
growls and scream

Song ideas that you can use:

Female artists:

  • Chandelier – Sia
  • Somewhere Over The Rainbow – Eva Cassidy
  • I Will Always Love You – Whitney Houston
  • I’ll Never Love Again – Lady Gaga
  • And I Am Telling You – Jennifer Hudson
  • Sophia – Laura Marling
  • Ghost – Ella Henderson
  • Moonlight – Ariana Grande
  • Hurt – Christina Aguilera
  • Only Love Can Hurt Like This – Paloma Faith

Male artists:

  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • You Need me, I Don’t Need You – Ed Sheeran
  • Stairway To Heaven – Led Zeppelin
  • The Writing’s On The Wall – Sam Smith
  • Sleep On The Floor –  The Lumineers
  • Jealous –  Labrinth
  • Best Of You –  Foo Fighters
  • It’s A Man’s World –  James Brown
  • Dream On –  Aerosmith
  • Godzilla –  Eminem

Materials used: No materials – you will be expected to perform all songs from memory.

Endorsee: Nik West

Comparative exams:

  • Trinity Rock & Pop – Music Certificates, vocals Advanced (grade 8)
  • RSL – Performance Certificates, vocals grade 8
  • LCM – Leisure Play, popular music vocals grade 8

Minimum system requirements:

  • A laptop or PC with screen (not available for mobile or tablets)
  • Browser: A current version of Chrome/Safari/Firefox/Edge
  • Internet: Stable wi-fi or Ethernet for best results. Download speed 5 Mbps – Upload speed 2 Mbps
  • Camera: Built in camera or external HD camera with microphone
  • Sound: Any speaker system that you can hear comfortably (not available for headphones)