About the Aptitude Places: The 20 places of the 261 available places in Year 7 will be allocated to children who show an aptitude for music, namely those who have demonstrated potential to develop musical skill and who will benefit from the music related facilities of the Academy. No previous knowledge or experience of musical practice or theory is necessary.
Children for whom an aptitude place is sought will be invited to attend a written musical aptitude test at the Academy. The test will take approximately forty minutes to complete, and will consist of approximately sixty questions relating to music, including pitch, shape, volume, lengths of sound, texture and speed of sound.
It’s that time of year again when we start receiving lots of enquiries for 1-to-1 tuition to help Year 5 students prepare for the upcoming Music Scholarship exams.
We are offering Zoom tuition to help you prepare for the Music Aptitude Tests and you can book this online. If you do not see a suitable time or date please keep checking back as we will add more dates. Our teachers have the most availability during the half-term break and Summer holidays. During term-time we have some space on Friday and Saturday as detailed in the schedule here. No other times are available and we are unable to offer phone or email support before you book a lesson due to the high number of enquiries we receive every day.
We also have training tests available to help familiarise you with the style of tests you will hear on the day. Please note these will never be the exact same test you will hear as every single school uses a different test and it changes each year. However we have been using the tests successfully to help students gain places at their chosen schools and they are best used with the assistance of your music teacher. We advise practising earlier rather than last minute for the test!
We are receiving more enquiries for assistance with the Music Aptitude Tests and Scholarships than we can handle so we have asked local music teacher Curtis to join the team at the SE22 Piano School. Curtis will be offering Zoom lessons during the May/June half-term on Bank Holiday Monday 31st May and June 2nd- 4th. All these dates can be booked on Eventbrite and we cover all UK schools by tailoring the lesson to the exact needs of your particular school. We ask you to specify your musical experience and chosen schools at the time of booking a ticket.
Wherever you are based in the UK we can assist you with online lessons via Zoom. Schools covered include:
Abraham Darby Academy Archbishop Blanch School Ashmole Academy Brentwood Ursuline Convent Bristol Cathedral Choir School Bushey Meads Camden Girls Cardinal Vaughan Chancellor’s Chelsea Academy Clement Danes Coopers Coborn Crayford Academy Dame Alice Owen’s Ealing Fields Enfield Grammar Gilberd School Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College Hertfordshire & Essex High School Hockerill Anglo-European King David & St. Edwards College Kingsdale Foundation School Leventhorpe School Marylebone Mill Hill County Old Swinford Ongar Academy Ousedale School Parmiter’s Prendergast Queen’s School Bushey Rickmansworth Shenfield St Mary’s and St John’s CE St Marylebone CofE St Paul’s Way Trust St Cecilia’s SW Herts Consortium Twyford Watford Grammar West London Free Woodlands School