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.
We are focusing on Music Aptitude Test training with our Year 6 students that are applying for music scholarships to schools on our catchment area of East Dulwich that use the MAT test. Several of our students are hoping to attend Kingsdale Foundation school in West Dulwich or Haberdashers’ in New Cross/Lewisham on a music scholarship programme.
We have designed Test materials to prepare our students for these entry tests. Similar tests are used at many other secondary schools such as the SW Herts Consortium schools; Ursuline Brentwood; Cardinal Vaughan and Dame Alice Owens to name just a few.
Our tests are available for download as MP3 files with blank Test sheets and answer sheets. We also offer individual training sessions at our East Dulwich location.
Announcing a new school that is using the Music Aptitude Test for 2016 admissions: Ousedale School in Olney Buckinghamshire. Up to 36 Year 7 places are available for students who live outside the school’s defined area and can demonstrate an aptitude for music.
The test consists of 60 questions, split into four sections; PITCH, MELODY, TEXTURE and RHYTHM.
PITCH: For these questions candidates listen to two sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower. There are 20 of these questions and some of the pitches are less than a semitone apart.
TEXTURE: For these questions candidates listen to a number of notes played together at the same time. Candidates need to indicate whether the chord is made up of 2, 3 or 4 notes. There are 20 questions.
MELODY: For these questions candidates listen to two melodies consisting of five notes. Candidates have to decide whether the second melody is the same as the first, or if one of the notes has been altered. If there is a change, candidates will be expected to identify which note has been altered by giving the note number. There are 10 questions.
RHYTHM: For these questions candidates listen to two patterns of notes and have to decide whether the second pattern is the same as, or different from the first, and on what beat (or pulse) the difference occurs. Each rhythm will be four beats (or pulses) in length. There are 10 questions is this final section.
Candidates will be expected to circle the correct answers on their mark sheets. The test does not require any previous knowledge of music theory.
Applications to take the assessment must be received by mid-day Monday 21st September 2015.