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
At your first music lesson of term, make sure you pick one or two pieces that you can already play quite well and ask your teacher to come up with a plan of action to get these perfect by the end of the month.
My top tip for choosing the right repertoire would be to go for something fun, funky and memorable. Choose a piece that’s not in the graded exam book as most musicians will turn up clutching the latest exam book so the audition panel will hear the same pieces over and over again.
Go for something with a catchy title that will be an interesting discussion point with the audition panel. Make sure you have asked your teacher how to pronounce the composer’s name. See if you can find out an interesting fact about the composer that you can throw into the conversation. A quick search online should reveal plenty of information as a starting point.
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.