Music Scholarships will be awarded at Year 7, Year 9 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 Year 7 and Year 9 Music Scholars will take Music at GCSE and for Sixth Form Scholars they will be expected to take Music at A Level. 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 6 in one or more instruments and grade 5 in Music Theory;
Year 9 - Those entering Year 9, either internally or externally, can apply for a Music Scholarship and we would normally expect successful candidates to have achieved or be working towards their Grade 5 examination in one or more instruments and be strong 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 3 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:
1) Pupils wishing to apply for a Music Scholarship should complete the following Application Form.
2) During the week following the normal entrance tests, potential Music scholars will be asked to do the following:
a. 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.)
b. All candidates will be asked to complete a short aural assessment which will include some singing.
c. Candidates will also be assessed on their ability to read music.
d. 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.