Music Aptitude Test training for secondary state school admissions

Half-term is over and we’re thinking ahead to this Autumn when many students will sit the Music Aptitude Tests for schools such as Habs, Kingsdale and Prendergast in South London. Further afield, there are many schools throughout the UK also using this system.

Join us for a 1-to-1 session to help Year 4, 5 and 6 musicians prepare for the upcoming Music Scholarships for 2019 state secondary admissions.

The session will focus on Music Aptitude Test training that is the first round of the selective music intake process.

If you would like to focus on Round Two, do bring your instrument (if possible) and we will listen to your audition piece(s) and give advice on performance as well as prep the interview questions with you. We have a piano available for your use as well as an accompanist so please both music parts if accompanied.

This is an individual group training session lasting 1 hour.

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:


Your Questions Answered: Music Aptitude Test Seminar for Parents

What is the Music Aptitude Test? This is a question many parents are typing into Google at the moment, trying to find as much information about the upcoming tests for Music Scholarship entry to state secondary schools in our local area such as Haberdashers (Habs), Prendergast and Kingsdale. Many other schools across the UK use these tests: Coopers Coborn, Dame Alice Owen, many of the schools in the large SW Herts Consortium, Cardinal Vaughan and more. We are constantly updating our list of schools using the test as it becomes a more popular addition to the Secondary School admissions process.

The tests for many of these schools are imminent and if you are successful at the Round One Music Aptitude Test selection, then you will shortly after return for the Round Two auditions.

I have been preparing my students for these tests for nearly a decade now and have developed training materials that are indicative of the style of tests you will hear. Each school is different and I try to gather as much data as possible from the scholarship participants each year to refine the tests. I work with audio engineers and composers James Richmond and Howie Austwick to create the tests. Whilst we cannot guarantee these tests are exactly the same as you will hear, they are very useful training materials that have helped many students progress to Round Two.

Round Two of the test gives you the opportunity to demonstrate your vocal and/or instrumental musical abilities. I have lots of great tips to help you create a memorable and confident audition.

I will be holding regular Seminars at our piano school in East Dulwich on on Pellatt Road SE22 . Our next session in East Dulwich takes in February 2018. Please email or leave a comment requesting information about this seminar. Nb. we do not offer 1-to-1 MAT training in this session but that can be booked separately, see below.

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Music Aptitude Test Discount Code, valid till end of 2017