Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships and Exhibitions for 11+ and 13+ candidates

Wycombe Abbey Music Scholarship and Exhibition Awards carry considerable prestige, but are of limited financial value. The following awards are available at 11+ entry:

• Music Scholarships providing free tuition on two instruments or one instrument and voice

• Music Exhibitions providing free tuition on one instrument (not voice)

• Choral Awards providing free voice tuition

Guidance

Girls should have reached at least Grade 5 standard on their first instrument to be considered for an instrumental award. Those girls applying for a Choral Award should have a strong background of choral singing in parts. They may have received individual tuition in singing, working towards ABRSM exam grades or RSCM singing awards.

Application

To be considered for a Music Scholarship, you must submit an application form to the Admissions team before 1 September in the year prior to entry. You should also submit a report from each of the candidate's individual teachers with information about her musical ability and experience, together with details of any music examinations taken.

Awards in any combination are limited to free tuition on a total of two instruments.

Please note: if your daughter is offering voice as her first study, she should apply for the Choral Award. However, the Director of Music may still consider your daughter for a Music Scholarship if she additionally offers an instrumental study of a suitable standard.

Process

Stage 1: Interview

Girls expressing interest in a Music Award will attend a short interview with the Director of Music on the 11+ Assessment Day.

Stage 2: Audition

Scholarship auditions, conducted by an external adjudicator and the Director of Music, will be held at Wycombe Abbey in the January prior to entry (while your daughter is in Year 6).

Girls are tested for musical potential as well as achievement and evidence of musical flair, which is as important as technical accomplishment. The pieces your daughter performs will need to demonstrate both technical and expressive capabilities in her choice of music.

The audition will comprise:

First instrument
Your daughter will perform two contrasting pieces, lasting a total of seven to nine minutes. If she wishes to present a longer piece, she is welcome to select a suitable excerpt.

Second instrument (if applicable)
Your daughter will need to perform one piece lasting three to five minutes.

Sight-reading
Your daughter will take a short test on her first instrument of a standard corresponding to her most recent examination grade.

Aural tests
These test will include pitch recognition, melodic and rhythmic memory, musical and historical understanding.

Viva
Girls will be asked about their musical experience and interests.

Accompanist
The School will provide its own accompanist.

Expectations

Girls are required to pass the academic entrance examinations before the award of a Music Scholarship can be confirmed.

Music Scholars are expected to make the most of the musical opportunities offered by the School, and to embrace fully the wide range of musical activities. They will normally be involved in orchestra, chamber ensembles and choir, and will be expected to perform regularly in public. Music Scholars are encouraged to consider the option of pursuing Music to at least GCSE level. Awards will normally be for the scholar's entire career at Wycombe Abbey, but will be regularly reviewed and is conditional on satisfactory musical and academic progress.

 

Music Scholarships and Exhibitions for 16+ candidates

The following Music Awards (open to both external and internal candidates) are offered annually to candidates entering the Sixth Form who have satisfied the academic criteria for entry:

The following awards are available at 16+ entry:

• Music Scholarships providing free tuition on two instruments or one instrument and voice

• Music Exhibitions providing free tuition on one instrument (not voice)

• Choral Awards providing free voice tuition

Guidance

Girls should have reached approximately Grade 8 standard on their first instrument to be considered for an instrumental award. Those girls applying for a Choral Award should have a strong background of choral singing in parts. They may have received individual tuition in singing, working towards ABRSM examination grades (Grade 7 or above) or RSCM singing awards.

Successful applicants will demonstrate excellence in vocal ability, aural perception and sight-reading. They may already have experience of leadership roles in choirs, or will demonstrate potential in this area. At Sixth Form level, candidates are expected to have achieved a high level of technical and expressive mastery at least on their first instrument, and to have proven their commitment to musical endeavour through involvement with suitable ensembles.

Application

For your daughter to be considered for a Music Scholarship or Exhibition, you must submit an application form to the Admissions team before 1 January in the year prior to entry. You should also submit a report from each of the candidate's individual teachers with information about her musical ability and experience, together with details of any music examinations taken.

Awards in any combination are limited to free tuition on a total of two instruments.

Please note: if your daughter is offering voice as her first study, she should apply for the Choral Award. However, the Director of Music may still consider your daughter for a Music Scholarship if she additionally offers an instrumental study of a suitable standard.

Expectations

Girls are required to pass the academic entrance examinations before the award of a Music Scholarship can be confirmed.

Music Scholars are expected to make the most of the musical opportunities offered by the School, and to embrace fully the wide range of musical activities. They will normally be involved in orchestra, chamber ensembles and choir, and will be expected to perform regularly in public. Music Scholars are encouraged to consider the option of pursuing Music at AS and A2 level.

Awards will normally be for your daughter's entire career at Wycombe Abbey, but will be regularly reviewed and is conditional on satisfactory musical and academic progress.

Process

The Scholarship audition, conducted by the Director of Music and Assistant Director of Music, will be held at Wycombe Abbey at the beginning of your daughter's first term at the School.

Girls are tested for musical potential as well as achievement and evidence of musical flair, which is as important as technical accomplishment. The pieces your daughter performs will need to demonstrate both technical and expressive capabilities in her choice of music.

The audition will comprise:

First instrument
Your daughter will perform two contrasting pieces, lasting a total of seven to nine minutes. If she wishes to present a longer piece, she is welcome to select a suitable excerpt.

Second instrument (if applicable)
Your daughter will need to perform one piece lasting three to five minutes.

Sight-reading
Your daughter will take a short test on her first instrument of a standard corresponding to her most recent examination grade.

Aural tests
These tests will include pitch recognition, melodic and rhythmic memory, musical and historical understanding.

Viva
Girls will be asked about their musical experience and interests.

Accompanist
The School will provide its own accompanist.