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Music scholarships are competed for at ages 8+, 11+, 13+ and 16+.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of written tests in English, Mathematics, Science and Non-Verbal Reasoning plus a practical assessment. The practical assessment will be the main factor on which Music awards are based.

We are looking for pupils who meet the normal academic requirements of the school (not those expected of academic scholars) and who will be good ambassadors for Music. Scholars are expected to participate fully in the musical life of the school, involving themselves in choirs, orchestras and chamber ensembles according to their interests and expertise. They should be prepared to commit to attending both the rehearsals and the performances.

At 8+ and 11+ we are looking for potential rather than achievement and a genuine enthusiasm for music. Orchestral players, and especially students who play string and brass instruments, are particularly encouraged to audition. Musicality and a desire to perform are more important than graded examinations taken.

Assessment: All candidates are required to play two contrasting pieces on the instruments they are offering. They are also encouraged to sing a short piece if appropriate. Sight reading and aural tests appropriate to the candidate's ability will also be given. 

Parents who have any queries about the audition or their child's suitability for a music award are encouraged to contact the Director of Music, Mr John Hall (hallj@ashfordschool.co.uk) or Head of Academic Music, Mrs Helen Powell (powellh@ashfordschool.co.uk) to arrange an informal conversation or meeting. 

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