Music scholarships and exhibitions are offered annually at the age of 11+, 13+ and 16+. Scholars will be awarded free instrumental tuition on one or two instruments. Holders of exhibitions will be awarded free instrumental tuition on one instrument.
Music scholarships are available to external candidates at our three entry points. What we are looking for, above all, is an enthusiasm for making music. Holders of awards are expected to meet the normal academic requirements of the school and to be good ambassadors for the Music department. They should participate fully in the musical life of the school, involving themselves in choirs, orchestras and chamber ensembles according to their interests and expertise. It is important that holders understand that this commitment will be expected for the entire duration of their time at Sevenoaks. They should want to be a member of the choral society and be prepared to commit to attending both the rehearsals and performances.
We expect a Sixth Form entrant to be around Grade 8 standard on their principal instrument, although they may not have taken an examination. At 11+ and 13+ level we are looking for potential rather than achievement and a genuine enthusiasm for music.
At 13+ approximately Grade 6 standard is required and at 11+ approximately Grade 4 to 5 (depending on the instrument the candidate is presenting).
At 11+, accurate assessment of a candidate's musical ability and potential at an age as young as 10 is difficult. While some scholarships may be awarded at this age, it is likely that we will award exhibitions in this age group to candidates who are clearly promising but on whom it is difficult to make a judgement at this time. Such children often make enormous progress in Years 7 and 8. Those who are offered an exhibition at 11+ may be invited by the Director of Music to re-audition for a scholarship prior to joining Year 9 (13+) and in this way upgrade their award, if this is appropriate. No exhibition will be taken away at this point.
All awards are reviewed annually and their continuance is dependent upon satisfactory conduct, attitude and progress. At such a review holders of awards are expected to assess their own contribution and to set targets for themselves.
A satisfactory performance in the appropriate entrance examination is a condition of a Music scholarship.
The Director of Music, Mr Christopher Dyer, is pleased to meet candidates informally at any stage and to answer any queries.