Music Aptitude Test: Dame Alice Owen’s School for 2021 Admissions

London Year 6 students: Don’t miss the deadline to apply to Dame Alice Owen’s School on a Music Aptitude Test scholarship place for September 2021 entry. The important dates are listed below:

Application Deadline:
Thursday 18th June 2020

Wednesday 2nd September 2020
Musical Aptitude Test – First Round.

From Monday 21st September
Second Round Music Interview & Audition

You can try our test training materials to help you prepare for Round One of the Music Aptitude Test:

The format of our 1-to-1 Lessons

About the Music Aptitude Test (Round One)

This is a written test, taken with other children, and is approximately 30 minutes in duration. The test is based entirely on aural responses.

There are 60 questions of four types: Pitch, Melody, Texture and Rhythm.

Pitch: for these questions, candidates listen to two sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower. Some of the pitches are less than a semitone apart ie very close together. 20 questions.

Melody: for these questions, candidates listen to two tunes consisting of five notes. Candidates have to decide whether the second tune is the same as the first or if one of the notes has been altered. If there is a change, candidates will be expected to identify which note has been altered, by giving the number of the note. 10 questions.

Texture: for these questions, candidates listen to a number of notes played together at the same time (a chord). Candidates need to decide whether or not each chord has two, three or four notes. 20 questions.

Rhythm: for these questions, candidates listen to two patterns of notes and have to decide whether the second pattern is the same as, or different from, the first, and where any difference occurs. Each rhythm will be four beats (or pulses) in length. 10 questions.

Musical Aptitude Test 2:

Children achieving 47 marks or above will be invited to attend Musical Aptitude Test 2 which is an individual test.  Each child is allocated a 5 minute slot to perform on their preferred instrument/s (voice included).  There is a totally free choice of piece(s) and children can perform on more than one instrument if they prefer. We can provide an accompanist if required or you may bring your own.  There is also provision to play a cd backing track.

You can download and practice the specimen Aural Tests online so that you know what kind of tests to expect.

Music Aptitude Test web site:

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