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.
It’s never too early to start thinking about how you will prepare for Music Scholarship entry to local private schools. The competition is very tough and a high standard is expected. If you would like to know if you are on target for selection and how you can best prepare, do consider booking a consultation lesson where I will talk through the various options for schools you are considering, plus the standard required. I will also sketch a plan of how to best prepare for the audition including recommended guidelines on exam entry, festivals and other competitions. I can also prep students for the interview with mock questions that you can expect to be asked. I also discuss suitable repertoire
Consultation lessons are recommended 1 or 2 years in advance of the audition date. Mock interview/auditions can be scheduled nearer the time, usually the term before the audition is advisable.
Candidates should show evidence of real musical ability and offer at least two instruments, or voice and one instrument. It is not essential for candidates to have taken music examinations but, as a guide, the standard expected on the principal instrument corresponds with Grade V at 11+, and with Grade VI at 13+. Not all candidates who apply will be called for audition.
Find listed details of the scholarship levels for Private Schools in South London. I prepare students for Music Scholarship to schools throughout the UK but with a focus on South London. Figures may vary from year to year so please check the current prospectus for your year of entry.
Alleyn’s School Townley Rd, London SE22 8SU Tel: 020 8557 1500 Fax: 020 8557 1462 www.alleyns.org.uk
Music awards: Age 11+, 13+, 16+ entry.
Various music scholarships at 11+/13+, worth up to 33% of fees (approx £3000). A number of Exhibitions for free instrumental tuition will also be awarded.
11+ entry: Grade 5–6 min on principal instrument, with 2nd instrument normally expected at Grade 3-4; Orchestral instruments preferred.
6th Form music scholarship and bursaries: Grade 7–8 minimum on principal instrument.
Music Scholarships are worth up to £3000 per year, plus free tuition on the scholar’s
principal instrument (set at the current rate of termly music lessons at Alleyn’s, although
lessons may be taken outside school). Candidates attend a 30-minute audition to play two instruments (usually to at least Grade V standard on their principal instrument).
Music Exhibitions are awarded to those who have exceptional musical ability but do not qualify for a Music Scholarship. A Music Exhibition funds tuition in one instrument
throughout a pupil’s time at the School (set at the current rate of termly music lessons at
Alleyn’s, although lessons may be taken outside school).
Type: Christian Girls only independent (junior and senior)
Music Scholarship Information: At 11+ and 16+ a music scholarship may be awarded plus Harvey Awards which pay for instrumental tuition. All Music Scholars must pass the school entrance examination and take a scholarship audition. Entry procedure: Application forms are available from the Admissions Secretary (email@example.com) and auditions are held approximately two weeks following the respective entrance examinations.
Horn Park Lane, London SE12 8AW Tel: 020 8852 2283 Fax: 020 8297 1216 Email: www.colfes.com
Music awards: Music scholarships, exhibitions and bursaries are awarded based on potential as well as ability. Value up to 50% fees and free inst tuition for entry at age 11 and 6th form.
Croydon High School
Old Farleigh Rd, Selsdon, South Croydon CR2 8YB Tel: 020 8651 5020 Fax: 020 8657 5413 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web: www.croydonhigh.gdst.net
Music awards: Up to 2 music scholarships at entry to year 7. Jacqueline du Pré music award (6th form).
Dulwich Common, London SE21 7LD Tel: 020 8693 3601/8299 9256/8 also fax Email: email@example.com Web: www.dulwich.org.uk
Music awards: Up to 5 inst scholarships of up to 30% fees with free inst tuition. Age under 14 on 1 Sep; Grade 5 (age 11), Grades 6–7 (age 12–14) required. Orchestral instruments preferred.
Music awards: Music Scholarships awarded at 11+. Candidates are expected to perform on at least 1 inst and should be approaching grade 5 standard. An audition will usually consist of a prepared piece, sight reading and aural tests.
Francis Holland School
39 Graham Terrace, London SW1W 8JF Tel: 020 7730 2971 www.fhs-sw1.org.uk
Type: Girls. Music awards: One 11+ and on 16+ music scholarship is available each year, up to a value of 25% fees. Age range: 4–18.
Music awards: Music scholarships and exhibitions for ages 11–18.
James Allen’s Girls’ School 144 East Dulwich Grove, London SE22 8TE Tel: 020 8693 1181; 020 8613 6436 (mus dept) www.jags.org.uk
Music awards: Music awards for intake at Yr 7 and 12. Major scholarships are worth £1,000 pa, minor scholarships are for £500 pa. 2012 – 2013 Scholarship details are here. There is just ONE major music scholarship awarded per year at 11+ and one at 16+.
King’s College School Wimbledon London SW19 4TT Tel: 020 8255 5386 www.kcs.org.uk
Music awards: 2 or more music scholarships value up to £1500 plus 6th form org scholarship. Orch insts preferred.
Type: Co-ed. Music awards: Specialist scholarships in music (also drama, art, sport), only awarded if outstanding candidates identified. Scholarship worth up to 25% of fees, plus cost of tuition on 1 inst.
Music awards: Free tuition in 1 or 2 insts. Age under 14 on 1 Sep; min grade 6 on 1st instrument with 2nd instrument or voice. 1 or more 6th form awards available pa including biennial org scholarship.
Streatham & Clapham High School 42 Abbotswood Rd, London SW16 1AW Tel: 020 8677 8400 www.schs.gdst.net
Music awards: Specialist scholarships, inc music, and bursaries available.
Music awards: Numerous awards made to boys age 10–13 (1 Sep) on admission or subsequently, and at 6th form. Choral experience considered. Up to 50% fees (augmented in cases of need). Free inst tuition, private or school.