Kingsdale Foundation School Music Aptitude Test

The POD – Kingsdale Foundation School, West Dulwich

01.10.2019 Update: We have had students already sit the test over the past two weekends in September so we’re fully up to speed on this year’s scholarship format and can prepare you for the current tests.

Many of our students at the SE22 Piano School will be seeking scholarship entry to Kingsdale Foundation School, Hatcham College (Habs) and Prendergast.

Kingsdale Music Scholarship results have now been sent by post for 2020 Admissions.
Kingsdale Music Scholarship results have now been sent by post for 2020 Admissions.

Here is some information about the format of the audition for Kingsdale. Please refer to the school web site for deadlines and current test specifications.

The Music Scholarship test is One Round including Aural Tests, Written Aptitude Tests, Interview Questions & Audition. There are also optional sight-reading tests for your instrument(s).

Many of our students will have performed at Kingsdale Foundation School in the Dulwich Music Festival that was held in the magnificent POD (pictured above). This is an annual piano competition that is open to all musicians in the South London area, not just our piano students. The competition will be held on June 9th 2019 in The POD. Join the festival mailing list to find out more about upcoming events and when entries open. This is the ideal performance opportunity for potential music scholars in both Years 5 and 6. The school offers a unique and well established scholarship provision in the areas of Art, Mathematics, Music and Sports for students who are assessed as having aptitude in these areas. Each scholarship award is worth approximately £1,000 pa in additional resources, including tuition and associated resources.

We recommend having two contrasting pieces that you are thoroughly familiar with, have performed under pressure and love playing. Try to pick pieces that are not in a graded exam syllabus. This will help you stand out on audition day. Ideally you’d offer two different instruments, one of which can be voice. If you need any help with preparing for the performance and interview, get in touch.

Kingsdale Music Aptitude Test scholarship SE22

The audition for Music scholarship is intended to discover musical aptitude and potential. When you visit the school open day, have a look at the music ensembles on offer and see what you can get involved in. If you are a pianist, how can you contribute to the group music-making at the school? Your melodic skills can transfer well to steel pans and your rhythmic knowledge would be a good foundation for djembe drumming. Perhaps you like singing in a group but you don’t have the confidence to sing a solo piece quite yet. Would the choir appeal? If so, mention this at interview as long as you are prepared to get involved in the choir if you get the scholarship!

Speak to music scholars and ask them lots of questions about what instrument they learned before they came to the school and what new opportunities being a music scholar has given them.

Best of luck to everyone aiming for Music Scholarship entry. Be well prepared and don’t forget to smile!


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

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