Northampton School for Girls: Music Aptitude Test

London Year 6 students: Northampton School for Girls offers 10% of its places (27 students) according to a child’s perceived aptitude for music. The school uses a listening test that requires no previous musical experience or ability in playing a musical instrument.

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

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About the Music Aptitude Test (Round One)

The written test consists of questions involving three areas of music, namely PITCH, MELODY, and TEXTURE.

Pitch: For example candidates listen to two sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower.

Melody: For example candidates listen to two tunes consisting of five notes. Candidates have to decide whether the second tune is the same as the first or if one of the notes has been altered. If there is a change, candidates will be expected to identify which note has been altered by giving the note number.

Texture: For these questions candidates listen to a number of extracts containing multiple instruments or sounds. Candidates need to comment on the amount of instruments and compare any differences between examples.

In addition to the written aptitude test, Candidates will be required to complete a musical performance aptitude test. Each child will be allocated a 5 minute slot to perform their chosen piece of vocal or instrumental music. Their aptitude for music will be further assessed from this performance and, as there is a free choice of piece, this will allow candidates of all cultures an equal chance to succeed. An accompanist will be provided. Students can bring their own CD backing track.