St Paul’s can boast a very high level of music making, in a school where music is often world class. Candidates wishing to apply for a Music Scholarship will be at grade 6 standard in at least one instrument (or above grade 4 in two instruments). In order to count singing as one of these disciplines, the candidate will already have considerable experience in a school, cathedral or district choir and have excellent sight-singing skills. The candidate will be able to demonstrate an interest in general music learning, and naturally gravitate towards music making as a leisure activity at every opportunity. They may have sought opportunities to belong to regional and perhaps national music groups and will be expected to contribute fully to the musical life of the School.
Assessment will include reports and references from their current school, tests in English and Maths, plus Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning. Candidates will be asked to perform one piece on each of their chosen instruments (or two contrasting pieces if only one instrument is offered); aural and sight-reading tests (on principal instrument only) and an informal interview with the Headmaster and the Director of Music.
While the offer of a Music Scholarship is not a guarantee of a future scholarship to a senior school at 13+, the ambition to do so is encouraged.