Orange Learn

Vocal Performance – Grade 1

Level 1 award

In this exam, our automated examiner SARA will ask you to perform your 4 chosen pieces. Includes a free mock exam.

Exam accredited & recognised internationally: Yes

Qualification Credits:
Qualification Number: 603/4575/5
Level: Level 1 Award
Total Credits: 6
EQF Credits: 2
RQF Credits: 1

Certificate: Yes
Exam duration: 24 minutes
Time to complete exam from purchase: 3 months

Helpful links:

Syllabus overview download: Orange Vocal Performance Syllabus



About the exam:

This exam is a performance exam concentrating on Pieces only. Includes a free mock exam.

What do I need to perform: (For marking parameters, refer to the syllabus in the link above)

4 songs with a short introduction to each. 2 minutes – 4.5 minutes each song, with a backing track or live accompaniment

Time Signatures accepted: 4/4, 2/4, 3/4
Range and Register: Within an Octave (minimum 6th)
Melodic Composition: Simple, mainly step-by step with occasional leaps
Rhythmic Values: More rhythmic variety with syncopation featuring more often
Dynamics: Simple contrasts between loud and soft with occasional hairpins (Crescendo/ Decrescendo)
Phrasing/Articulation Ornamentation: Variation to occur occasionally, mainly legato singing over balanced phrase lengths.

Song ideas that you can use:

Call Me Maybe – Carly Rae Jepsen
Love Story – Taylor Swift
Just Do You – India Aria
Cups – Anna Kendrick
Make You Feel My Love – Adele
Dance Monkey – Tones and I
I’m Walking On Sunshine – Katrina & The Waves
Give A Little – Maggie Rogers
The Tide Is High – Blondie
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
Watermelon Sugar – Harry Styles
Let Her Go – Passenger
Imagine – John Lennon
La Da Dee – Cody Simpson
Count On Me – Bruno Mars
Better Now – Post Malone
Grow As We Go – Ben Platt
Be Like That – 3 Doors Down
Another Love – Tom Odell
Just You And I – Tom Walker

Materials used: You will only need your music for your performance pieces if you have not learnt them from memory.

Endorsee: Nik West

Comparative non online exams:

Trinity Rock & Pop Certificates, vocals foundation (grade 1)

RSL – Performance Certificates, vocals grade 1

LCM – Leisure Play, popular music vocals grade 1

Minimum system requirements for Mobile Phone uploads:

Mobile phone network coverage or Wi-fi

Minimum system requirements for SARA:

  • 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 2 Mbps – Upload speed 2 Mbps
  • Camera: Built in camera or external HD camera with microphone
  • Sound: Any speaker system that you can hear comfortably 


About the Provider

Orange Learn

Orange Amps has long been a respected brand in the music industry, with their products used by many legendary artists across the globe.

Orange Learn offers innovative educational tools that support and inspire a lifelong passion for learning and performing music with courses and exams developed with the aim of supporting students to enjoy their learning experiences from start to finish. They help to build a strong foundation of focused, instrument-led knowledge by increasing performance confidence, musical ability and valuable skills with recognised accreditations.