The start of the new school year means it’s time for the Music Aptitude Tests and Scholarship auditions. This year my daughter and several of her school friends will be sitting the test for our local schools such as Kingsdale, Prendergast and Habs.
We’ve been spending some time over Summer working on the MAT training materials as well as a little bit of practice on the pieces they’ll perform at the audition. There’s still plenty of time to get started if you haven’t already given the tests a go. So far, everyone has found the Texture section the most tricky, so here’s a helpful video with tips for this section. Nb. Kingsdale don’t use the MAT, just standard aural tests and optional sight-reading plus brief interview questions.
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.
South-East London Year 6 students: Don’t miss the deadline to apply to Haberdasher’s Askes’ Hatcham College on a music aptitude scholarship place for September 2016 entry. The deadline to send in your form is Monday, 28 September 2015.
Allapplicants will be invited to the Music Aural Test which will be held on Saturday, 3 October 2015. You can download and practice the specimen Aural Tests online so that you know what kind of tests to expect. Music Aptitude Test web site: https://musicaptitudetest.wordpress.com/
If you are interested in finding more about Music Scholarship places to local secondary schools such as Kingsdale or Haberdashers Aske’s Federation and South London private schools, then come along to a free informal seminar. This will cover the application process for 2014 entry, the selection and audition process, the Music Aptitude Tests and suitable audition repertoire. Private school entry also covered for Alleyn’s, JAGS, St Dunstan’s, Dulwich College, Sydenham High & other South London schools.