Music Scholarship | Year 12 | 16+
With its excellent pupil to staff ratio, St Edmund’s School can guarantee its Scholars the personal and professional attention that their talents deserve.
The highly prized title of ‘Scholar’ exemplifies pupils who contribute to the whole of school life but will take advantage of the many extension opportunities to develop their academic abilities. Our specialist, dedicated teachers nurture this enthusiasm, inspiring pupils to reach greater heights.
St Edmund’s School has an outstanding reputation for music and a well-equipped Music School. As well as classrooms, practice and teaching rooms, the facilities also include a Recital Hall with a Steinway grand piano, a Recording Studio and a fully equipped Music Technology Suite.
Music Scholars receive instrumental tuition in school, the cost of all or part of which may be covered by the Scholarship at the discretion of the Head on the recommendation of the Director of Music. Music Scholars are fully involved in the work of the school’s many ensembles, including Chapel and Chamber Choirs, Symphony Orchestra, String and Brass Ensembles and Big Band, and their instrumental progress is closely monitored throughout their time in the school. When a Music Scholar reaches a sufficiently high standard (equivalent to post Grade 8) the Director of Music may recommend occasional lessons with external specialist teachers, often at the Junior Conservatoires in London. Music Scholars participate in a rich programme of opportunity, including regular concert trips, both locally and to major concert venues in London.
Candidates will not necessarily be expected to have passed any specific grade examination of the recognised boards although it is anticipated that the vast majority will have done so. The audition panel is specifically looking for musicianship, the potential to develop and mature musically and a technique that will facilitate this. Candidates are expected to play fluently at the following minimum standards on their main instrument:
11+(for Year 7 entry) Grade 4 standard
13+(for Year 9 entry) Grade 5 standard
16+(for Year 12 entry) Grade 7 standard
At audition, candidates will be required to play two pieces on their first instrument (not voice) and one on their second instrument. If a third instrument is offered, then this will also be heard and assessed.
Candidates are encouraged to offer singing at audition, but this is not a prerequisite. In addition, candidates will be asked to sight-read on their main instrument, complete aural tests appropriate to their highest level of performance and have an interview in which they will be encouraged to talk about their own music making, musical tastes and aspirations.