Featuring Grammy Award-winning guitarist, Larry Carlton, and session percussionist, Nir Z (whose credits include Genesis and John Mayer), the new syllabus represents an accumulation of over twenty years' experience in the design and delivery of graded examinations in popular music around the world.
The format of the syllabus includes a number of new features and refinements including a revised marking scheme. Rockschool has commissioned bespoke pieces from specialist writers which allow candidates to demonstrate their mastery of a particular style as they advance. To ensure course materials are of album-quality, the services of producer, Nick Davis (Genesis, XTC, Deep Purple, Bjork), were employed at Genesis’s own studios, Farm Studios, and top session musicians were used to record the tracks, including:
- drummers, Noam Lederman (Corinne Bailey Rae) and Jason Bowld (Pitchshifter, Bullet For My Valentine)
- guitarists, Charlie Griffiths (Haken) and Stuart Ryan (Guitar Techniques, Total Guitar, Guitarist)
- bass players, Henry Thomas (Paul Weller) and Dave Marks (Carl Palmer Band).
Other contributors included guitarist, Kit Morgan (Curved Air), Peter Huntingdon (occasional drummer with The Who), sound designer and hip hop drum specialist, Neel Dhorajiwala (Mama Mia!), Drumsense’s Colin Wollway and long-term Rockschool contributor, Deirdre Cartwright.