Music Scholarship & Aptitude Test training with Lorraine Liyanage at the SE22 Piano School

Book 1-to-1 Sessions with Lorraine on Eventbrite:

I am available on selected dates in September and October to prepare young musicians for the upcoming state secondary music scholarship assessments. We can either work on the general music audition for schools such as Kingsdale or the multiple choice Music Aptitude Test for schools such as Prendergast and Habs. For the latter, you will have completed at least 2 of the Music Aptitude Tests before attending this session. If you have not completed any multiple choice tests, please book a session with Mirna instead and she will take you through the basics of the MAT.

Do bring along two well-prepared pieces for instrument or voice to perform. If there is a backing track, please have the sound file available on your phone to play on the day. Alternatively you can bring the sheet music accompaniment with you.

The session will be tailored to your exact needs which will be discussed at the start of the lesson. Please note that no email support is offered before or after the session so please ensure you ask all your questions during the 1 hour session.

This session cannot be refunded or rescheduled if you cannot attend for any reason.

We are located at:

SE22 Piano School, 85 Pellatt Road, East Dulwich, London SE22 9JD

On-street parking available.

New dates added for Music Scholarship & Aptitude Test training, September 2019

It’s a new school year and we will be preparing lots of musicians for the upcoming music scholarships to schools such as Kingsdale, Habs, Prendergast and further afield across the rest of the UK. This year will be particularly interesting for me as my own daughter will be sitting music and sports scholarships to South London schools along with many of her classmates.

Get a head start in preparing for the music scholarships by booking a 1-to-1 session with our teachers this Autumn. We have over a decade of experience of successfully achieving scholarship entries to many schools. Some schools use a Music Aptitude Test, others use a more general Music Audition. We can help you prepare for both types of test.

Click on the links below to read our articles to help you succeed with the Music Aptitude Test & Scholarship:
Should I Prepare for the Music Aptitude Test?
How To Succeed at the Music Aptitude Test
Download Training Test Materials

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.