Music Aptitude Test Scholarship 1-to-1 Lessons Online with the SE22 Piano School for 2025 Secondary School Admissions

Kingsdale, Norwood, Saint Cecilia’s and Harris Wimbledon Music Aptitude Test scholarship feedback

Kingsdale, Norwood, Saint Cecilia’s and Harris Wimbledon Music Aptitude Test Scholarship feedback
Kingsdale, Norwood, Saint Cecilia’s and Harris Wimbledon Music Aptitude Test scholarship feedback

We are starting to a spike in our web stats for the Music Aptitude Test preparation as students that sit the test earlier for schools such as Ashmole Academy start doing their internet research.

We currently have a small selection of weekly slots reserved for online tutoring but if you click Follow on our Eventbrite organiser profile, you will be informed by email as soon as we release all the dates in the Easter Holidays onwards.

We have been tutoring students for entry to all UK state secondary schools that use the Music Aptitude Test and will tailor the lesson to the exact needs of your chosen schools as they all use a slightly different test. If you look at the Eventbrite listing here you can see extensive information about what the tutor session involves and a sample video of a lesson.

Kingsdale Haberdashers Hatcham Music Scholarship Feedback
Kingsdale Haberdashers Hatcham Music Scholarship Feedback
Music Aptitude Test tutoring with the SE22 Piano School specialist tutors

How to succeed at the Music Aptitude Tests (2025 state secondary school entry)

Music Scholarship Specialist Tutor’s Advice for Succeeding at the Music Aptitude Test for UK Secondary School Admissions

How to succeed at the Music Aptitude Tests (2023 state secondary school entry)

How To Succeed at the Music Aptitude Test
Prepare in advance and make sure that you are familiar with the style of tests that you will hear on the day. Try not to leave it until September to start researching the Music Aptitude Test. The school holidays are the perfect time to practise for the test and make sure your Round 2 audition is ready to go too!

It’s that time of year when we are just a few weeks away from the start of the Music Aptitude Test season. Some schools such as Claremont High School Academy and Ashmole Academy hold their MAT test earlier than most schools and this takes place in June.

Music Aptitude Test tutoring with the SE22 Piano School specialist tutors

Many students want to know how to pass the MAT test. This is a selective test that secondary state schools use to select a number of students each year, often bypassing the catchment requirements, hence the popularity of it amongst Year 6 students. It is becoming increasingly more difficult to secure a space at your desired local secondary school and living within the catchment area is not always possible due to the steep increase in house prices near schools rated Outstanding by OFSTED.

Most schools operate a 2-part Music Scholarship system. Without passing the MAT you will not be able to progress to the audition stage so it’s very important to put the time in to prepare thoroughly for the Music Aptitude Test so that you can have the chance to perform for the scholarship panel. This is often on a separate date but some schools will put the two sessions on the same day.

Here is a video from our head teacher with information about the 1-to-1 sessions including whether you need to prepare and what the lesson includes: 

We offer 1-to-1 Music Scholarship and Aptitude Test training on Zoom for students hoping to gain entry to a UK secondary school using the Music Aptitude Test criteria. We can prepare you for ANY school as they all use a very similar test or variant on a standard set of questions.

11+ tutoring Music Aptitude Test
1-to-1 Music Aptitude Test tutoring

All sessions can now be booked online and new dates are added frequently. If you do not see a date you require then please save this link and check back regularly.

Here is a sample of what we cover in the lesson. Each lesson is tailored to your individual needs and we will discuss at the start of the lesson your requirements.

I have been preparing my own students for over 12 years for Music Aptitude Test and scholarship entry to state secondary schools. Through the grapevine, other students from UK schools found out that I have produced training test materials for my students and they enquired about purchasing these, and also about having individual or group MAT training sessions. This led to me offering the tests for sale and also inviting students from any area to attend my monthly Aptitude Test sessions. It gives me great pleasure to receive so much feedback from students that have successfully passed the MAT and many continue to succeed at the audition stage. I am available to prep students for both test and audition. Do make sure you engage your music tutor in the process too as they can follow the plan of action we come up with at the workshops to ensure you are ready for the tests that take place in Autumn.

In addition to preparing many music students over the years, I’ll be thinking about whether to send my daughter to a school on a scholarship place if she’s keen to pursue music at secondary school and she now enters Year 5 and we start looking around local schools in South London. Many of our local schools such as Prendergast, Haberdashers, Norwood and Kingsdale offer music scholarships. Kingsdale also offer sports scholarships.

Here are a few things to consider when preparing your child for the Music Aptitude Test.

  1. Have we left enough time to prepare for the test? Even though the schools say no musical knowledge is required, the tests are quite unusual and it’s worth trying these at least a few weeks in advance but ideally 3 months ahead of the test date. Trying out the tests a few days before the MAT often causes panic and is not best advised!
  2. What is the criteria for your chosen school? Each school has a slightly different MAT test and they often change it each year. As we, the teachers, are unable to sit these tests, we rely on the written guidelines and feedback from students that have sat the test to produce training test materials that will help familiarise you with the style of tests. These tests are not exactly the same and we tweak them to fit the feedback we receive from our students.
  3. What pieces will you perform? We don’t recommend performing pieces from the exam syllabus. Try and think outside the box and pick some pieces that will make a memorable performance. You want to stand out on audition day and you also need to make sure your pieces are known fluently and have been performed many times under pressure – either at home to an audience of friends and neighbours; at school assembly to a larger audience or in a competitive event. Everyone gets nervous so it’s important to have performed your audition pieces under pressure several times so that you know you can beat the nerves!

Which schools use the Music Aptitude Test? This list is not exhaustive and is subject to change so please check your prospectus for current information.

  • Abraham Darby Academy
  • Ada Lovelace School
  • Ashmole Academy
  • Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School
  • Bristol Cathedral Choir School
  • Bushey Meads School
  • Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
  • Chancellor’s School
  • Chelsea Academy
  • Claremont His School Academy
  • Clement Danes
  • Cooper’s Company and Coburn School
  • Croxley Danes
  • Dame Alice Owen’s
  • Ealing Fields High School
  • Enfield Grammar
  • Haberdashers’ Aske’s / Prendergast Hilly Fields / Crayford Academy
  • Hertfordshire & Essex High School
  • Highgate School
  • Langley Grammar School
  • Lorraine’s SE22 Piano School
  • Leventhorpe / The Bishop’s Stortford High School / The
  • Mill Hill County High School
  • Old Swinford Hospital
  • Parmiter’s School
  • Queens’ School (Bushey)
  • Rickmansworth School
  • South West Herts School consortium
  • St Anne’s Catholic School, Southampton
  • St Clement Danes
  • St Mary’s & St John’s CE School
  • St Marylebone Church of England School
  • St Paul’s Way Trust School
  • The Hertfordshire & Essex High School and Science College
  • Twyford Church of England School
  • Uxbridge High School
  • Watford Grammar School for Boys
  • Watford Grammar School for Girls

We also have free videos to help you with the tricky bits of the test such as the Texture section:

Music Aptitude Test training

Preparing for the Kingsdale Foundation School Music Aptitude Test

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:

Full Music Scholarship Kingsdale Foundation School
Full Music Scholarship Kingsdale Foundation School

Preparing for the Kingsdale Foundation School Music Aptitude Test can be an exciting opportunity for Year 5 students who are passionate about music. Here are some steps they can take to prepare for the test:

  1. Familiarise yourself with the test format: Research and understand the structure and components of the Music Aptitude Test. This will give you an idea of what to expect and help you focus your preparation.
  2. Develop your musical ear: The test primarily assesses your musical aptitude, so it’s important to train your ear. Listen to a wide variety of music, paying attention to different instruments, melodies, rhythms, and harmonies. Try to identify and differentiate between different musical elements.
  3. Practice sight-reading: Sight-reading is an essential skill for musicians. Work on reading and playing music notation fluently. Start with simple pieces and gradually increase the difficulty level. You can find sight-reading exercises and resources online or through music books. This section of the test is optional but to make your audition stand out, we advise opting for this test if you have had the time to prepare for it. Please note not everybody is offered the option to do the sight-reading test. This may be due to time constraints or other factors on the day of the test.
  4. Learn basic music theory: Familiarise yourself with fundamental music theory concepts such as notes, scales, intervals, and key signatures. Understanding these concepts will help you analyse and interpret music accurately during the test.
  5. Play an instrument: If you don’t already play an instrument, consider learning one. Playing an instrument will enhance your musical skills, improve your ability to understand and perform music, and increase your overall music aptitude.
  6. Sing and develop your voice: Vocal ability is often a component of music aptitude tests. Practice singing different melodies, scales, and exercises to develop your voice and improve your pitch accuracy.
  7. Seek guidance from a music teacher: If possible, consult a music teacher or tutor who can provide personalised guidance and help you prepare for the specific requirements of the Kingsdale Foundation School Music Aptitude Test. They can identify your strengths and weaknesses and provide targeted practice exercises. We offer 1-to-1 Music Aptitude tutoring on Zoom. Book online here.
  8. Mock tests and sample questions: Practice with mock tests and sample questions similar to those used in the Kingsdale Foundation School Music Aptitude Test. This will help you familiarise yourself with the types of questions and tasks you may encounter and improve your test-taking skills.
  9. Stay consistent and practice regularly: Consistency is key when preparing for any test. Set aside dedicated time each day to practice music, whether it’s ear training, sight-reading, or playing your instrument. Regular practice will help you build confidence and improve your skills over time.

Remember that the purpose of the test is to assess your musical aptitude, so enjoy the process and have fun with music along the way. Good luck!

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