Music Aptitude Test tips: Texture

I will be regularly blogging with tips on how to ace the Music Aptitude Test. Lots of my students in Year 5 are thinking ahead to September 2019 and how they will prepare for the MATs this Autumn.

The trickiest section, by far, is the Texture section. Here’s a video that I did recently to give you some tips on how to distinguish 2, 3 and 4 notes. I will also be running monthly group and individual training sessions so do get in touch if you would like to book a session. For all of my piano students, Music Aptitude Test training is included as part of the weekly lesson. We have students gaining scholarships each year to local schools such as Kingsdale, Haberdashers and Prendergast. Our tests have been successfully used by students applying to schools across the UK including Ashmole Academy, Parmiter’s, Dame Alice Owen and more! Have a look at our dedicated Music Aptitude Test web site for full information and lots more tips. You can also download the training tests materials that we use in lessons.

Ashmole Academy Music Aptitude Tests for 2019 Admissions

Ashmole Academy have announced the dates for the Musical Aptitude Test admissions for September 2019 as follows:

January 2018:  Application Forms and details for entry under the Musical Aptitude criteria are available to download from the foot of this page.

Friday 18th May 2018:  Closing date for returning the application form to Ashmole Academy for those applying under the Musical Aptitude criteria of the school’s admissions policy.


Saturday 9th June 2018:  Musical Aptitude Tests – approximately one hour duration.  Details of the times of the tests will be sent out at least 2 weeks prior to the date.

For help with training test materials to familiarise you with the MAT, visit this site: