West London Free School: Tips for the Music Aptitude Test

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Very best of luck to all students sitting the West London Free School Music Aptitude Test.

The test assesses pitch perception and sense of rhythm/pulse. Candidates will not be asked to prepare anything or bring an instrument as the test is all completed vocally. It is not a test of vocal quality.

With the pulse section, listen to your favourite music and tap your foot in time to first of all figure out where the beats are. Then try and see if you can hear the beats in a group of 4 (this is usually the most common grouping, but sometimes it is 2 or 3 beats) and give a slightly louder clap on the first beat of the group. The second part is optional and being able to find the beat and keep this steady is the most important bit.

What to Prepare With Your Teacher:
The West London Free School aptitude test is a one to one test with a teacher to assess how well the students perform on such skills as singing in thirds. The assessment consists of two parallel sets of tests, one of pitch and the other a mixture of rhythm and pulse tests. There are some well known test such as identifying the top, middle and bottom notes of chords. One is singing a small section of a pop song that has a pause in the singing followed, a bar and a bit later, by a tricky syncopated entry. This helps the school identify the students with the broadest range of musical skills.

In this video, we give some tips for the part of the test that requires you to identify the top, middle and bottom notes of chords.

Click on the links below to read our articles to help you succeed with the Music Aptitude Test & Scholarship:
Should I Prepare for the Music Aptitude Test?
How To Succeed at the Music Aptitude Test
Download Training Test Materials


For assistance with the Music Aptitude Test, have a look at our upcoming group workshops or download our training materials.

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With over a decade of experience preparing students for music scholarships, Lorraine Liyanage can tell you everything you need to know about state school music scholarships.
With over a decade of experience preparing students for music scholarships, Lorraine Liyanage can tell you everything you need to know about state school music scholarships.

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