Orange Learn

Vocal Performance – Grade 8

Level 3 diploma

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

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)

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 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.