Specialist Music Places – Information
As part of the admissions process, parents who wish their child to be considered for a Specialist Music Place into Year 7, 2022 will be invited to attend an assessment.This will enable parents to make an informed decision about the likelihood of their child being successful in gaining a Specialist Music Place. (Please note that singing/voice can be also be classed as an instrument. It is not a requirement to be able to read sheet music in order to be considered for musical aptitude)
Deadline for completion and return of musical aptitude form Friday 10th September 2021
Assessments will begin the week commencing Monday 20th September 2021 (Please note we are unable to offer alternative dates for testing.)
Candidates will be invited to attend an assessment to determine general musical aptitude. Tests will be used to determine whether or not aptitude (not ability) in music has been demonstrated and assessments will be undertaken by external music teachers and will be allocated randomly. The process will be overseen by the Head of Music at Archbishop Blanch and held in 2 stages:
Stage 1 :Your child will be invited into school week commencing Monday 20th September where she will sit a simple aural test in pitch and rhythm. only those applicants who score in the top 50% will be invited to stage 2.
Stage 2: Those applicants invited to stage 2 will be asked to perform a short piece. This will take place via Zoom.
Should your child successfully gain a music place there will be an expectation that she will be committed to musical involvement in school throughout her time at Archbishop Blanch.
Venue: Stage 1 of the assessment will take place at Archbishop Blanch School in accordance with current guidelines. Stage 2 of the assessment should your child score highly enough will take place via Zoom. The date and time of this stage will be detailed in a letter sent to you, but will be week commencing 4th October 2021.
Friday 15th October 2021
Results of aptitude assessments will be posted to parents by first class post. Parents may then choose to submit a formal supplementary information form indicating that they wish to be considered for a music place to school before 31st October 2021
Sunday 31 October 2021 -Closing date for formal applications to Year 7 for admission in September 2022
Music Aptitude Application forms will be accepted from 1st July 2021. A copy of this form can be accessed by clicking HERE
Please note that the application form should not be downloaded or submitted before 1st July 2021
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