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Music Specialism

Music Specialism

The Academy offers 10% of the Published Admission Number (PAN) a music specialism place. In order to ensure equal opportunity for all, the Academy is unable to take into consideration music certificates achieved or references.

  •  Applicants will be invited into the Academy to sit a music aptitude multiple choice aural test paper on: Tuesday 5th October 2021 at 4:00pm. This will be a maximum of 20 minutes in length.


  • Applicants who achieve the score required will be offered a music audition, you will be asked to provide a recording or video link which should be sent to the Music Department. (Submission details will be provided).


  • Distance Admissions Criteria is not taken into consideration for the music aptitude criteria.


  • If you would like your child to be considered under this criteria, , please click on the following link:. 

     Music Application Form

Please complete the online music application form by the closing date: Friday 1st October 2021.


Information on the Musical Aptitude Test

The music aural test is played on a CD and is a multiple choice paper consisting of 30 questions which will be divided into three sections covering the following areas:

Pitch: For these questions candidates listen to 2 sounds and have to indicate whether the second sound is the same as the first, or whether it is higher or lower.  There are 10 of these questions and some of the pitches are less than a semitone apart.

Melody: For these questions candidates listen to a melody made up of a series of notes.  The candidates then hear a second melody and need to decide if it 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 note number.  There are 10 questions.

Instruments: For these questions candidates will listen to 2 melodies and need to identify if the instrument played is the same or different. There are 10 questions.  

No previous knowledge of music or music theory is required by the applicant as the test is based entirely on response to an aural test.

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