At Grade 6, you can learn about breath control over longer notes and phrases, and tone control across different registers. You’ll perform three songs and build on your Grade 5 Session skills.
Choose your songs from our song list, including one of the Technical focus songs that develop particular skills. There’s an option for you to sing your own cover version of a song or, if you’re a songwriter, one of your own songs.
You’ll find more information about how the exam works in the downloadable syllabus.
Although we’ve organised the song lists for male and female vocalists, you can choose any song for your exam. There are two Grade 6 Vocals songbooks – one for female vocals and one for male vocals. The songbooks include everything you need for the exam – sheet music for six songs, performance tips, technical support and guidance on Session skills, together with a CD of demo and backing tracks.
Here's a selection of songs from the two songbooks. To view the full song list for Grade 6 Vocals download the Rock & Pop syllabus.
Managing breath control in the bridge section
Switching between vocal registers
Players choose Playback or Improvising.
You’ll perform some music you haven’t seen or heard before – you can sight-read from a song chart or sing by ear from an audio track, or both.
You’ll be given a song chart with chord symbols and song style and will improvise over a backing track.
Songs: Bleeding Love, Do You Know The Way To San Jose?, Flashdance (What A Feeling), Cannonball, I Can See Clearly Now, Neutron Star Collision
Real songs. Real skills. Real progress.
'Imagine you’ve just walked on stage [with] 20,000 people screaming your name.'
Improvisation is a key skill for contemporary musicians. Many of the best tracks you hear came from studio improvisation sessions.