Ashmole Academy Music Aptitude Test


Archbishop Blanch C of E School in Liverpool, Merseyside

Ashmole Academy allocates 20 places to children (total year 7 admission number is 261) who show an aptitude for music, demonstrate the potential to develop musical skill and who will benefit from the music related facilities of Ashmole Academy.

Stage 1 Listening Test: Children will be invited to attend a written musical aptitude test at the Academy. The test will take approximately forty minutes to complete, and will consist of sixty questions relating to music, including pitch, shape, volume, lengths of sound, texture and speed of sound. No previous knowledge or experience of musical practice or theory is necessary.

Candidates who achieve a mark of 45 or above will be invited to attend an audition during which they will need to sing or perform a piece on a musical instrument of their choice.

Stage 2 Performance Round: Candidates will be free to choose the piece they perform, which should last no longer than 3 minutes. The performance will take place in front of a panel of three music professionals which consists of the Academy’s music teachers and an independent music specialist.

The purpose of the audition is to determine a child’s propensity for music and is not to assess music ability. After the auditions have taken place, each child’s aptitude for music will be graded in relation to their performance at the audition. The pupils will be ranked and the top 20 highest ranked applying candidates will be allocated an aptitude place.

Ashmole Academy
Cecil Road, London N14 5RJ

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