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
Many of our Year 6 musicians sit the Kingsdale sports scholarship as well as the music scholarship. As we are receiving lots of traffic to our web site looking for more info on the music test, I thought it may be useful to share some sports scholarship information that our students last year passed on to us.
The first round of the sports scholarship is a general fitness test. Here are some of the elements that our students told us about. Please note this may vary this year and the list below is not exhaustive as it is based on anecdotal feedback from previous applicants.
Warm-Up: Dribbling a Basketball
Bleep Test You have a set amount of time to run from a line to a cone before the sound of the beep. If you reach the line after the bleep goes or you give up then they take you out of your test and then you count how many rounds you have done.
Long Jump Applicants have one go at a long jump.
Agility Rest Running in and out of poles (timed test).
Sit and Reach Test You sit with your legs straight and reach over a wooden box that has a ruler marking out centimetres on top. You have to take a deep breath and see how far you can reach.
Computer Test There is a short test on arrival which is computer-based and has some questions based around health and wellbeing such as “How do you feel before a competition? Do you feel scared or nervous?”
Response/Reflex Test: They show a traffic light on the screen and you have to push a button when it goes green.
For assistance with the Music Scholarship for Kingsdale book a session online on Eventbrite for either a Zoom lesson or in person at our studio in East Dulwich.
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.
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.