William Ellis School: Musical Aptitude Place – Apply by 30th October 2015

UPDATE: Please see here for 2018 admissions criteria: http://www.williamellis.camden.sch.uk/attachments/download.asp?file=260&type=pdf

London Year 6 students: The William Ellis School (Camden) deadline to apply for the Music Aptitude Test is Friday 30th October 2015. The link to the application form is below.

You can download and practice the specimen Aural Tests online so that you know what kind of tests to expect. There may be some variation in the tests used on the day.

Music Aptitude Test web site:
https://musicaptitudetest.wordpress.com/
[Music Aptitude Form to return by 30 October]


About the Music Aptitude Test (Round One)

Pitch: for these questions, 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. Some of the pitches are less than a semitone apart. 20 questions.

Melody: for these questions, 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 number of the note.
10 questions.

Texture: for these questions, candidates listen to a number of notes played together at the same time; this is called a chord. Candidates need to decide whether or not each chord has two, three or four notes.
20 questions.

Rhythm: for these questions, candidates listen to two patterns of notes and have to decide whether the second pattern is the same as, or different from, the first, and where any difference occurs. Each rhythm will be four beats (or pulses) in length.
10 questions.

Music Aptitude Test web site:
Buy The Tests
[Music Aptitude Form to return by 30 October]

Author: Lorraine Liyanage

Owner of the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich. Founder and Director of the Dulwich Music Festival. Piano teacher based in East Dulwich since 2007.

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