The International School of London (ISL) Qatar serves as the testing centre in Qatar of RockSchool (RSL) UK. The school has in fact, proudly hosted the first Rockschool Musical Theatre examinations in Qatar in June this year with at least 50 children participating and enjoying a very positive experience.

Performing Arts is an integral part of school life at ISL Qatar. Their delivery uses a holistic approach, exposing children to all areas of Performing Arts through an inquiry-based curriculum. There are many performances throughout the year, ranging from the informal such as Atrium break time performances, assemblies and talent shows, to the more formal musicals and concerts.

Students work on Musical Theatre as a focus for building transferable skills such as public speaking, expression, creativity, teamwork, presentation skills, time management, communication and the ability to give and receive critiques. Upon completion of their Musical Theatre modules, the students have the option to be assessed internally or externally through the Musical Theatre Performance Arts Awards with RSL UK. In addition to formal qualifications in Musical Theatre, students studying instruments have the opportunity to take the RSL examinations or the ABRSM examinations. Both can lead to extra credit towards university entrance.

Rockschool exams offer international qualifications recognised around the world and which offer extra points for university entrance. The Musical theatre examinations consist of combined performances – singing, acting and dancing. The value of participating is not only in developing as performers, but also in developing confidence, presentation skills and communication skills, which students can take into all areas of their studies.

The first RSL Musical Theatre examiner to visit Qatar, Vladan Jovanovic, is currently the Ballet Master for the Royal Hungarian Ballet.

According to Claire Daniels, Director of Performing Arts at ISL Qatar, they offer internationally transferable qualifications with Rockschool in guitar, drums, vocals, bass guitar, ukulele, piano and music production.

We are delighted to expand on the opportunities for our students by giving them access to formal Musical Theatre qualifications and to offer these examinations to anyone in the community.’

ISL Qatar has an outstanding reputation for high academic standards, prestigious International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes and an impressive record of admission to the best universities worldwide. For more information about ISL Qatar, visit the school website at