Music Scholarships: How to apply for a Musical Aptitude place

Prendergast School offers 10% of the places available to applicants who show an aptitude in music.

In order to ensure equal opportunity for all, the school is unable to take into consideration certificates achieved or references.

If you would like your child/ward to be considered under this criterion, please complete a Music application. The application form will be available online, on this website, in September. If you are unable to complete an online application, application forms may be collected from the school during one of the Open Day sessions. Your application should be completed by the school closing date of 4:00pm on 26 September 2018.

Applicants will be invited to sit a multiple choice aural test in music on the morning of Saturday 29 September 2018.

Applicants who achieve the score required will be offered a music audition which will be held w/c 8 October and w/c 15 October 2018.

If your child/ward is applying under the music aptitude criterion at both Prendergast School and Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College, they will take the music aural test at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College. The result achieved will be passed on to Prendergast School by the College.

If your child/ward is successful in gaining an audition for both establishments, they will be expected to attend auditions at both establishments.

It is our aim to advise parents/carers of the outcome of their child/ward’s music audition before the secondary transfer closing date of 31 October 2018. This will enable parents/carers to make an informed decision as to whether they want to apply for a place at Prendergast School. 

Musical Aptitude Test

The musical aural test is played on a CD. A multiple choice paper consisting of 60 questions is divided into six sections covering the following areas:

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. There are 10 of these questions. 

Melody: For these questions, candidates will hear a MELODY made up of a series of notes. They will then hear a second melody and need to decide if this melody is the same as the first melody or if it has changed. If the candidate thinks it has changed, they will be expected to identify which note has been altered by giving the note number. There are 10 questions.

Instruments: For these questions, candidates hear a short melody played, they then hear a second melody played. They will have to mark if the second melody is played on the same instrument as the first melody, or if it is a different instrument. There are 10 questions.

Texture: Candidates will hear a group of notes played together at the same time. They will need to identify how many different notes are being played – 2,3 or 4 different notes. There are 10 questions in this section.

Tempo: For these questions, candidates will hear a short melody. They will need to decide whether the second playing of the melody is at the same tempo as the first, or whether it is played faster or slower. There are 10 questions.

Rhythm: Candidates will hear a short RHYTHM played. After a pause, they will hear a second rhythm played and will have to decide if the second rhythm played is the same as the first, or if it is a different rhythm. This section has 10 questions.

No previous knowledge of music or music theory is required by the applicant as the test is based entirely on response to an aural test.

Musical Audition

Approximately 60 of the highest scoring applicants will be invited back to perform either on their chosen instrument or vocally. There is a totally free choice of piece.

The candidate's aptitude is gauged from their performance.

The auditions will be heard by the Head of Music and a music professional.