After many years of preparing my own piano students from the SE22 Piano School in East Dulwich for music scholarships to local schools such as Kingsdale, Haberdashers and Prendergast, it’s now time to turn my attention to getting my Year 4 daughter ready for the tests that she will sit in October 2019. As we are already in February 2018, it isn’t really that far away until she begins Year 6 and then the auditions start taking place in Autumn 2019.
One issue that has been in my mind is the fact that she has been learning the harpsichord so this is an instrument that will be impossible to bring to the audition. This made my attention turn to thinking about a second instrument that she could offer at the audition. An orchestral instrument provides good opportunities for ensemble playing which is a big part of musical life at secondary school.
One of my students many years ago secured a music scholarship to Kingsdale and Prendergast Ladywell and came to her lesson with a fantastic red trombone which was always memorable as it was so bright and vivid! My daughter started learning the trombone in December 2017 and whilst she has only had a few lessons, she is finding it much quicker to learn than a keyboard instrument with two staves of music to decipher and she finds the sound of it really fun and a bit silly! She has a pBone which is a lightweight plastic trombone that is under £100 and can be easily transported in the backpack that it comes with.
Some other instruments to consider that are lesser played and around the £100 price range or under: