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.
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.
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.