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
Lockdown rules are easing and hugs are officially allowed. Who will you be hugging this week? We’ve all had our first Covid vaccine and we are looking forward to getting the whole team together soon for the first time since lockdown started over a year ago!
This morning I received an email with some feedback from a student that I was preparing for Music Scholarship entry to Prendergast and Kingsdale school. The great news is that she has secured a music scholarship to both schools. If you are looking for some help with the Music Aptitude Tests or any advice about the scholarship procedure, please book a lesson with our team. We can’t individually respond to emails looking for advice as we fit these lessons around our weekly teaching commitments but we have made any gaps in our schedule available on Eventbrite for ease of booking. We will also be adding more times to the schedule in the school holidays so Follow the Music Scholarship Ticket Page if you would like to find out about new dates as soon as they released.
We’ve loved seeing all the lockdown puppies coming to lessons. Here’s Junior and Otto outside the piano school.
And the final good news of the week is that I decided to celebrate keeping a business running during a pandemic by purchasing a new piano from Piano Lobby in Sydenham. It arrived today and it looks and sounds wonderful. Our old digital piano is being donated to Westminster House Youth Club in Nunhead.
Piano School Admin:
The invoice for June/July lessons is due no later than 5pm on Monday 24 May. Invoices will be sent out by our bookkeeper very soon for a block of 7 lessons.
19 April – 29 May (6 lessons) Half-Term 30 May – 6 June 7 June – 24 July ( 7 lessons)
What is the Music Aptitude Test? The test is used by state secondary schools in the UK to select a percentage of their intake on a music scholarship programme. The Standard Test covers Pitch, Texture, Rhythm and Melody and is designed to test a young person’s natural music aptitude. The MAT is used in Stage 1 of the test.
The Enhanced Test includes supplementary questions and graphic scores to cover the 7-section Music Aptitude Test in the style of the test used for Ashmole Academy. Ashmole hold their MAT earlier than most other UK schools. This usually takes place in June of Year 5.