Voice Syllabus

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Requirements and Structure

Grade exams for Classical Singing consist of:

  • performance of 3 pieces 
  • scales & arpeggios 
  • sight-reading 
  • aural tests
  • theory questions. 

From Grade VI–Senior Certificate, the aural and theoretical sections are combined. For Senior Certificate only, there is a brief viva voce section.

Classical Singing Grade Exams cater for all levels from Elementary to Senior Certificate.

The Music Theatre & Popular singing syllabus is an alternative to the Classical Singing syllabus. In this syllabus, there are musicianship, presentation, general knowledge sections instead of aural tests and theory questions. 


All graded exams are marked out of 100. The pass mark is 60–69, pass with Merit 70–79, pass with Honours 80–89, and pass with Distinction 90+.


The syllabus is available to download from the links above.

Piano accompaniment tracks for all songs on the 2019 Classical Singing syllabus can be found on the RIAM Accompaniments App for iOS.