Music Awards (9+ to 16 +)
Music Awards (9+ to 16 +):
These will be awarded on the basis of an audition, viva and an interview with the Head of Music and relevant members of the music staff.
Candidates at 9+, 11+, will be asked to offer one instrument, including voice. Candidates at 13+ and 14+ will be asked to offer two instruments, one of which should be an orchestral instrument or voice.
9+ candidates should be offering pieces of at least Grade 2 standard
11+ candidates should be offering pieces of at least Grade 3 standard
13+ candidates should be offering pieces of at least Grade 4 standard
14+ candidates should be offering pieces of at least Grade 5 standard
All candidates should all have a standard of music theory equivalent to their practical grade. At the audition they will be required to perform on their chosen instrument(s) and discuss their performance.
Candidates at 16+ will be asked to offer two instruments, one of which should be an orchestral instrument or voice. At this level candidates are expected to have gained Grade 6 on at least one instrument or voice, and have a level of theory knowledge equivalent to ABRSM Grade 5.
A balanced programme of at least two pieces including music from two different musical eras or genres is expected and candidates should be prepared to talk about the pieces they perform.
The maximum award given to scholars will be 30% of the fees. In addition a Music Exhibition can also be awarded for individual music lessons on up to two instruments (including singing) to candidates who show promise but do not quite meet the exacting standards demanded of scholars.
Successful candidates will be expected to support the life of the Music Department whole-heartedly, promoting the department within the school, and the school within the wider community. Participation in the school choir is mandatory for music scholars from 11+, as is involvement in other ensembles as appropriate: orchestra, rock band etc. All scholars are expected to study music theory in separate sessions at school, and to give priority to music and the musical life of Saint Felix School, after their academic studies.