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 Post subject: Music Aptitude Test
PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:29 pm 
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Could anyone in here tell something about Music Aptitude Test and how to prepare for it? Any thoughts are appreciated! Many thanks in advance!


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 03, 2008 10:51 pm 
I am not musical at all so I can only recount what my children did in their music aural aptitude tests - one has started St Paul's Cathedral School as a chorister this year and the other was tested when he was at a choir school.

They were asked to:

1.sing scales that were played to them
2.copied a series of clapping exercises
3. had to sing a particular note in a chord played on the piano i.e. middle note of three, or highest/lowest note of two
4. la a note that was played on the piano
5. la a tune played on the piano

the chorister test also included a reading aptitude test and a practised hymn which he prepared at home.

If your query is about instrumental scholarships to senior schools then competition is fierce and many children are easily at grade 6 and above on their first instrument and grade 4-5 on their second. However I have known many children to gain scholarships on much lower grades because they play unusual instruments such as the bassoon or french horn.


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 Post subject: Thanks!
PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 8:54 am 
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Very helpful! Thanks!


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Is your child trying out for senior school or a chorister place or purely to determine aptitude?


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 Post subject: Pure aptitude
PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:10 am 
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He is going to do pure music aptitude test, do you know any materials for preparing this? Many thanks!


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 9:35 am 
I tried to find aptitude tests but had no luck. Some friends told me a few things that would be expected in the test based on what their kids told them, and this seems to have been the same esperience for my sons.


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most MATs look for

rhythm
melodic memory
listening and awareness.

I don't know which school/area you are preparing for but most schools
expect some keyStage 2 music ski11s.

try the BBC schools Music website.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schoolradio/music/musicclipslibrary.shtml#srpromo1

at least you can hear some music to get yourself more acquainted with what is coming.

Most are done 'on the piano' like a normal music grade exam
so if you have a keyboard, you can try out the exercises that T.i.p.s.y outlined
so your child can sing the required notes or clap back to you.

Even random chords/scales wi11 provide some familiarisation.

Does your child have a music teacher?
They usua11y know how to prepare for these sort of tests.

You could also listen to radio 4 during car journeys to try to pick out notes and 'la' along.

Good Luck

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Location: Herts
In my area - SW Herts - many children sit a MAT as there are some "music" places available at our local (partially selective) state schools. Those who score highly are called back for an audition - they can sing or play any instrument.

If you look in the Herts section of the forum below, go to a thread called "SW Herts consortium schools - frequently asked questions" (currently top thread on page 2 - sorry, don't know how to post a link). Scroll down to a section on the music tests where WP gives some useful info about the test. Hope you find it helpful!

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good one, tense,

http://www.parmiters.herts.sch.uk/welcome/admissions.html

( to post a link, copy page addre55 onto post, highlight addre55 and click on URL box on the top right hand side of the posting box)

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 Post subject: Many many thanks!
PostPosted: Thu Sep 04, 2008 11:22 am 
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Many many thanks for you all for providing so many information and resources in such great details! Will let him try out!


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