Music Aptitude Test Tip of the Day: Picking the Perfect Audition Pieces

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.

The new term is an exciting time for music scholars!

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.

Summer Piano Lessons & MAT Aptitude Test training in East Dulwich

Please find a list of times available that can be used for Music Aptitude Test training or piano and theory lessons at our studio in East Dulwich.

Email for updated availability and also check our Eventbrite page for MAT and scholarship training

Saturday 27th July from 9am to 7pm.

Saturday 3rd August from 9am to 7pm

Monday 5th to Friday 9th, between 9am and 5pm.

Monday 12th to Friday 16th August, between 9am and 5pm.

Thursday 22nd August, 2pm to 7pm

Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th August,  from 9am until 7pm.

Music Aptitude Test: Cardinal Vaughan Boys School

London Year 6 students: Don’t miss the deadline to apply to Cardinal Vaughan Boys School on a music aptitude scholarship place for September 2016 entry. The deadline to send in your form is 5.00 pm on Friday 25 September 2015.

Music Aptitude Test form:

You can download and practice the specimen Aural Tests online so that you know what kind of tests to expect.

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