Music Aptitude Tests for September 2016 State School admissions

The Music Aptitude Test (MAT) specimen test materials have been created by the SE22 Piano School and music technology experts to help familiarise you with the MAT. The MAT is a test used by state Secondary Schools to select around 10% of their intake of students on a music scholarship program. We have been successfully preparing our students for entry to many London schools on music scholarship programmes for the last 4 years. Schools that have used the MAT in recent years include (please check via the links below whether the school are offering the MAT for 2016 entry):

What is the Music Aptitude Test?

The MAT is a series of listening tests that uses electronically generated sounds to provide a level playing field for candidates by not using real instrument sounds. Students that are familiar with the Aural part of ABRSM and Trinity exams may not necessarily be at an advantage as these tests are all conducted at the piano in the examination. The MAT tests uses microtones –  intervals smaller than a semitone that do not exist on a piano. This means that pianists are not familiar with these small intervals.

The MAT uses a wide variety of instruments and electronic ‘beeps’ so that instrumentalists do not have any advantage over students that may not have studied music formally.  For this reason, we decided to commission a set of sample tests that we can use with our students to prepare them as fully as possible for the MAT.

Here is one of our students taking the test. The questions are all clearly announced and there are 4 sections to each test with either 10 or 20 questions. The video has the first ten questions of Section 1. This clip is taken from Test 3 – Texture.

Using the sample questions from the MAT criteria, we have produced a series of 4 complete tests. We also provide the blank answer sheets and, of course, the answers! For the convenience of a smaller file size for download, we have made the MAT a bit quicker than the actual test. We recommend that you pause the MP3 after each question and take your time to answer it. Once you are more familiar with the exercises, you can try them at full speed.

4 complete training tests of 60 questions each are available to download instantly from our web site here:

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Music Aptitude Tests for 2015 Secondary School intake

This half-term sees many schools such as the Chancellor’s School, Chelsea Academy, Leventhorpe School and many more holding their Music Aptitude Test for September 2015 entry. A list of some schools and the MAT dates are to be found below.

Help prepare for the Music Aptitude Test by trying our specimen tests to give you an idea of the 4 sections on which you will be tested. You can order the tests online for instant download via your desktop computer. You can also make payment by online banking. Please email for instructions:

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The test consists of 60 questions of four types: Pitch, Melody, Texture and Rhythm.

Watch this sample video of Section 1, Pitch

Watch this sample video of Section 3, Texture.

Music Aptitude Test discount code – valid until end of August 2013

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We have a special offer for LiveLoveLocal cardholders – you can receive a £10 discount on the sample Music Aptitude Tests when you order before the end of August 2013. Email for the discount code.

You can pick up your free loyalty card from Captured on the Rye at 85 Pellatt Road in East Dulwich (just off Lordship Lane).

I am also going to run a Seminar on Music Scholarships this Friday 30 August 2013 at 11.15am subject to enough attendees – please email if you would like to attend.

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