Best of luck to all students sitting the St Paul’s Way Trust School, Tower Hamlets Music Aptitude Test:
Use our test training materials to help you prepare for Round One of the Music Aptitude Test: http://www.se22piano.co.uk/downloads/music-aptitude-tests/
The Stage 1 Listening Tests will take place on Wednesday, 12 or Friday, 14 October at 4pm.
The Stage 2 workshops will take place on Sunday, 16 October (times to be confirmed). Parents will be notified of the outcome of their child’s application for a music place by Friday, 21 October.
Music applicants will be assessed through a two-stage process that has been designed to be taken by children regardless of any previous experience or formal training in music. All applicants should have an interest in music, however, and will be expected to take up the musical opportunities offered to them should they gain a place at the school. If fewer than three children qualify to be admitted in any band the unused places will be filled by music applicants in adjacent bands. If fewer than 12 children qualify for music places, the number of places available under the other admission criteria will be increased in each band accordingly.
The music aptitude test will consist of:
Stage 1: Listening All applicants will sit this test which is independently designed to assess aspects of musical aptitude. No knowledge of music theory or notation is required and students respond to the questions by ticking their answers. Prior training or practice is not necessary.
Stage 2: Workshop Students, in groups of eight, will participate in a practical workshop run by a member of staff from St Paul’s Way Trust School (SPWT). An external, independent musician will also observe these sessions. Using tuned percussion instruments, students will be assessed through the ways in which they instinctively respond as musicians to the tasks set during the workshop. Prior training or practice is not necessary. Students achievement in both stages is taken into account in determining an offer of a music place.
You can try our test training materials to help you prepare for Round One of the Music Aptitude Test: http://www.se22piano.co.uk/downloads/music-aptitude-tests/
Here’s a short video with some tips for preparing for the Texture section of the Music Aptitude (MAT) Test. Most of my students find this section particularly challenging and I receive a lot of emails about the best way to prepare for this part of the test. I recorded a short video on my harpsichord at home with some ideas and tips for preparing for the Texture section. I hope you find it helpful.