Music Aptitude Test Tip of the Day: Picking the Perfect Audition Pieces

At your first music lesson of term, make sure you pick one or two pieces that you can already play quite well and ask your teacher to come up with a plan of action to get these perfect by the end of the month.

The new term is an exciting time for music scholars!

My top tip for choosing the right repertoire would be to go for something fun, funky and memorable. Choose a piece that’s not in the graded exam book as most musicians will turn up clutching the latest exam book so the audition panel will hear the same pieces over and over again.

Go for something with a catchy title that will be an interesting discussion point with the audition panel. Make sure you have asked your teacher how to pronounce the composer’s name. See if you can find out an interesting fact about the composer that you can throw into the conversation. A quick search online should reveal plenty of information as a starting point.

We offer 1-to-1 lessons at our studio in East Dulwich to help students prepare for the Music Scholarship & Aptitude Test. These sessions are open to all musicians from any area. Email to enquire about availability.

Keep an eye out for our new article in the 2020 Scholarships supplement publication from Music Teacher Magazine all about the Music Aptitude Test and State School Scholarships. Released on 1st September.

Author: Lorraine Liyanage

Owner of the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich. Founder and Director of the Dulwich Music Festival. Piano teacher based in East Dulwich since 2007.

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