Music Scholarships: How to apply for a Musical Aptitude place

Applications for Music Scholarships at Prendergast School closed at 4:00pm on 23 September 2019.

Please read the information on this page for more information about the music aural test to be taken by music applicants. For entry into Year 7 in September 2020, the music aural test will be taken on Saturday 28 September 2019.

The deadline for music applications to be submitted was by 4:00pm on 23 September 2019.

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Prendergast School offers up to 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 our online music application form. The form will be available on this website from the end of the first Open Event in September. If you are unable to complete an online application, application forms may be collected from the school during one of the Open Events.

Applications must reach the school by the published deadline.

Applicants are invited to sit a multiple choice aural test in music, usually held on a Saturday at the end of September.

Applicants who achieve the score required will be offered a music audition which will be held in October.

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 of the year of application. 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.

General information

Before the auditions you will receive an email advising whether your child/ward has been given an audition.

After the auditions you will receive an official school letter advising you of an offer or decline.

Note: Prendergast School will not provide any further information about the results.

We prefer music applications to be submitted online via the link at the top of this page.

However, if you are unable to complete an online application because you do not have access to a computer, printed forms are available in person from main Reception at the Adelaide Avenue site.

Important note about In-Year admissions:

Music Scholarship applications are only available during the secondary transfer planned admissions round for Year 7 intake in September each year. Music places are not available for any in-year transfers.