Music Aptitude Tests Preparation

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The Music Aptitude Test is used by high performing state secondary schools in the UK to select a percentage of their intake on a music scholarship programme. The benefit of the test is that you do not have to live within the catchment area of your chosen school(s) thus opening up more opportunities for your child to attend a school with excellent results.

A Music Aptitude Test or specialist music entrance scholarship exam is designed to look for innate musicality in a student. This means measuring their aural awareness and ability to discern detail in pitch, rhythm and texture. To pass a Music Aptitude Test, you don’t actually need to play an instrument. However, to pass Round Two, you will need to have prepared a musical performance, whether it’s a short piece on an instrument or something that you will sing.

The standard test covers Pitch, Texture, Rhythm and Melody and is designed to test a candidate’s natural music aptitude. The MAT is used in the first round of assessment for entry. Our preparation also includes supplementary questions and graphic scores to cover the 7-section Music Aptitude Test in the style of the test used for certain London and Essex schools.

The test is in two parts for most schools. You have to pass the listening test that is known as a Music Aptitude Test. If you achieve a certain score, you will be invited back to audition. As a rule of thumb, we aim for a mark of 46 or above out of 60 in our practice sessions.

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List of Schools participating in the Music Aptitude Tests

Ashmole Academy
Bishop’s Stortford High School
Brentwood Ursuline Convent High School
Bristol Cathedral Choir School
Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School
Chancellor’s School
Chelsea Academy
Claremont High School
Claremont High School Academy
Cooper’s Company and Coburn School
Crayford Academy
Croxley Danes
Dame Alice Owen’s
Elmhurst School for Dance and Performing Arts, Birmingham
Enfield Grammar
Fortismere in Muswell Hil
Gilberd School
Haberdashers’ Aske’s
Hammond School in Chester
Hertfordshire & Essex High School
Highgate School
Hockerill Anglo-European
King David and St. Edwards College
Langley Grammar School
Leventhorpe School
Mill Hill County High School
Moulsham High School
Northampton School
Old Swinford Hospital
Ongar Academy
Ousedale School
Parmiter’s School
Prendergast Hilly Fields
Prendergast School
Queen’s School Bushey
Rickmansworth School
South West Herts School consortium
St Anne’s Catholic School, Southampton
St Clement Danes
St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh
St Mary’s & St John’s CE School
St Marylebone Church of England School
St Paul’s Way Trust School
Shenfield High School
Twyford C of E
Uxbridge High School
Watford Grammar School
Wells Cathedral School
West London Free School
William Ellis School
Woodlands School Essex
Wymondham College


Register for our Music Aptitude Preparation Intensive Course NOW!

September 2022 Admissions

If you are considering the MAT Test for your child for who is due to start Year 7 in September 2022 – please consider signing up to one of our 1-2-1 MAT Preparation Intensive Courses which will be running on the following dates:-

Tuesday 23rd  August 2022 – Friday 26th August 2022 – 60 minute session

WEEKEND SESSIONS – Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th August 2022 – 2hr sessions on both days

Tuesday 30th August 2022 – Friday 2nd September 2022 – 60 minute session

Monday 5th September 2022 – Thursday 8th September 2022 – 60 minute after school session

WEEKEND SESSIONS – Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September 2022 – 2hr sessions on both days

Monday 12th September 2022 – Thursday 15th September 2022 – 60 minute after school session

WEEKEND SESSIONS – Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2022 – 2hr sessions on both days

Monday 19th September 2022 – Thursday 22nd September 2022 – 60 minute after school session

WEEKEND SESSIONS – Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th September 2022 – 2hr sessions on both days

Monday 26th September 2022 – Thursday 29th September 2022 – 60 minute after school session

WEEKEND SESSIONS – Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October 2022 – 2hr sessions on both days

Monday 3rd October 2022 – Thursday 6th October 2022 – 60 minute after school session

Course Fees are £200 per child

These courses will best prepare your child for all the sections they will encounter for your chosen school(s) and will ensure they enter the exam confident and adequately prepared.

We will be running a FREE boost session on Sunday 19th September 2021 which will be exclusive to anyone who registers for our MAT Preparation Intensive Course. This session will include a mock test, results and final pointers for the examination.