Music Scholarships will be awarded at Year 7 and Sixth Form to those pupils who meet the normal entrance criteria of the school and also show an outstanding ability in Music.
Holders of a Music Scholarship will make a considerable commitment to the Faculty and show additional dedication to Music through their co-curricular interests. It is expected that successful Music Scholars will take Music at GCSE. Applicants should have an interest and general aptitude in Music and will have been progressing in line with ABRSM, Trinity, Rock School or other recognised graded examinations, prior to their application.
As a guide we would normally expect the following, although applicants should not feel dissuaded from applying if these benchmarks have not yet been achieved:
Sixth Form - Sixth Form Music Scholars (both internal and external) are likely to have already achieved a Grade 7 in one or more instruments and grade 5 in Music Theory;
Year 7 - Accurately assessing those entering the Senior School at Year 7 can be more challenging to gauge but often successful candidates will have achieved or be working towards Grade 4 examination in one or more instruments and be competent in Music Theory.
Scholarships will be reassessed annually, and their continuance is subject on the successful candidate exhibiting satisfactory commitment and attitude towards their own progress.
The application process is as follows:
After the submission of a registration form for entry, candidates wishing to apply for a Music Scholarship should complete a Music Scholarship Application Form (available on request from September 2019 by emailing email@example.com).
Following a successful performance in the normal entrance tests, potential music scholars will be invited to attend an assessment consisting of the following: (Date to be advised)
- Perform one piece of their choice on each instrument (or voice) lasting 2 to 3 minutes. (Some candidates may want to prepare two contrasting pieces, which is perfectly acceptable.)
- All candidates will be asked to complete a short aural assessment which will include some singing.
- Candidates will also be assessed on their ability to read music.
- Finally, all potential Music scholars will be invited to an interview with the Director of Music to talk through their experiences and motivations.
The Director of Music is happy to discuss scholarship applications and answer any questions at any time.
Applications submitted without supporting evidence received by the deadline stated will not be processed.