Academic Scholarship Information for Music
Music Scholarships are offered to students from Year 5 to Year 12. Depending on merit, some may be for full tuition and some for part tuition. Music Scholarships are reviewed yearly.
All applicants must complete the Scholarship Application Form and forward to Emmanuel College.
Students not currently enrolled at Emmanuel College :
- Complete the Enrolment Application Form – Part 1 with the Application for Enrolment payment of $77.
- Attach documents listed below :
- Copies of the student’s two most recent reports.
- Most recent NAPLAN results
- Copies of any significant music awards and achievements please
- References from current school if available.
Forward all documents to Emmanuel College.
Applicants selected for an audition will be contacted by the College. Applying for a Music Scholarship will not guarantee an audition or enrolment interview.
Pre-requisites for Music Scholarship Auditions
Students who perform on their chosen instrument at an exceptional level for their age will be considered first. The minimum AMEB or equivalent level, or relative ability, to be chosen to sit for a scholarship audition for entry into Year 5 to Year 8 is as follows:
- PIANO Grade 5 AMEB or equivalent level
- BAND INSTRUMENTS Grade 3 AMEB or equivalent level
- VIOLIN, VIOLA, CELLO Grade 3 AMEB or equivalent level
- DOUBLE BASS Grade 3 AMEB or equivalent level
- VOICE Grade 2 AMEB or equivalent level
- GUITAR, DRUM KIT N/A
For students in Year 9 to Year 12 – the addition of one Music Grade per year level will give an appropriate level for the consideration of an audition offer.
Students with particular gifting or ability who do not fall into the categories above should contact the Director of Music Mr Andrew Tuppen to discuss the possibility of an audition.
The Music Scholarship audition is specifically designed to assess the candidate’s current level of musicianship and technical proficiency on their chosen instrument. Candidates applying for a Music Scholarship in 2016 are advised of the following requirements if requested to audition. There are 3 Sections to the audition, as follows :
1. Candidates are to perform two contrasting pieces (10 minutes maximum).
Each piece should adequately reflect the technical ability of the candidate on their chosen instrument. An accompanist may be used, however this is not mandatory. Backing tracks may also be used to assist the performance.
The criteria used to assess candidates in performance are:
- Literacy -The ability to read the musical score.
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to accurately present: notation, metre, tempi, dynamics, phrasing and fluency.
- Technique - The ability to display technical proficiency.
Candidates will be assessed on their technical ability on the instrument and the clarity of sound produced.
- Interpretation – The ability to communicate the style and character of the music.
2. Candidates will be required to undertake a sight-playing test (3 minutes).
The sight-playing test will require candidates to play an excerpt of an unseen piece of a maximum of 16 bars. Candidates will be given two minutes to peruse and practice prior to playing the excerpt. Note: Candidates will be given an excerpt which best suits their current level of musicianship and/or performing ability.
Candidates will be assessed on their ability to accurately perform the excerpt (see criteria for performance).
3. Candidates will be required to undertake an aural test (3 minutes).
The aural test is designed to assess the candidate’s ability to accurately identify or imitate sound through aural means. The aural test may assess candidates as follows:
- Chord recognition: Major, minor.
- Identify and imitate rhythmic and melodic patterns (1-2 bars).
- Pitch recognition.
For the purpose of the audition the College will provide the following equipment:
- CD Player
- Music stands