Is Grade 1 Piano a realistic level for attaining a Music Scholarship via the Music Aptitude Test to secondary school in England?

The SE22 Piano School is running a competition on Instagram. Win a 1-to-1 Music Aptitude Test scholarship preparation lesson in September 2023. All the info is here:

How to succeed at the Music Aptitude Test
How to succeed at the Music Aptitude Test

Grade 1 piano is a good starting point for attaining a music scholarship via the Music Aptitude Test (MAT) to secondary school in England. However, it is not a guarantee of success. The MAT is a challenging test, and students who are successful in attaining a scholarship will typically have a high level of musical aptitude and experience.

Here are some tips for students who are hoping to attain a music scholarship with a level of playing around Grade 1:

  • Practice regularly. The more you practice, the better you will become at playing the piano and the more confident you will feel on the MAT.
  • Take lessons from a qualified teacher. A good teacher can help you develop your technique and musicality. Look for a teacher that has prepared lots of students for the MAT. If your teacher is not familiar with the test, then we can help you prepare for lessons no matter where you are based in the UK as we offer online lessons. Book these here.
  • Get involved in music outside of school. This could involve joining a band, orchestra, or choir. It is particularly important for pianists to have experience of ensemble playing to make them a well-rounded musician.
  • Attend music festivals and concerts. This will help you expose yourself to different types of music and learn about different musical styles.
  • Research different schools that offer music scholarships. Some schools have more competitive music programs than others.
  • Prepare for the MAT. There are many practice materials available for the MAT such as the ones that we offer for download. Practicing with these materials will help you become familiar with the format of the test and the types of questions that are asked.

Here are some additional tips for Audition Day:

  • Be confident. The MAT is a challenging test, but it is also an opportunity to showcase your musical talent. Believe in yourself and your abilities, and don’t be afraid to show the examiners what you can do.
  • Be prepared. Make sure you are familiar with the format of the test and the types of questions that are asked. Practice with sample questions and get feedback from your teacher or a qualified tutor.
  • Be positive. The MAT is a stressful experience, but it’s important to stay positive and focused. Take deep breaths and relax, and remember that you are capable of doing well.
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I hope these tips help you on your journey to attaining a music scholarship. If you require any assistance, please do book a lesson or download the training materials:

Author: Lorraine Liyanage

Owner of the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich. Founder and Director of the Dulwich Music Festival. Piano teacher based in East Dulwich since 2007.

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