Music Scholarships 2021

Key Information

  • Registrations close: Saturday 10 October 2020 at 4.00 PM
  • Auditions: Thursday 22 October 2020
  • Registration fee: $100
  • Apply for a Music Scholarship
  • For further information regarding enrolments or Scholarship Program, please contact the Admissions Office

T: (03) 9703 8111

E: enrol@stmargarets.vic.edu.au

 

Background

St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School is a leading institution in the Performing Arts in Australia. It provides a holistic Performing Arts education for students including unique co-curricular performance opportunities. With a strong classroom curriculum, a flourishing instrumental music program, and a comprehensive ensemble program, the school focuses on the development of the next generation of musicians, actors, dancers, and creative young people.

Embodied within the Performing Arts program, all students will learn, understand, and outwork the school values of Courage, Curiosity, Character, and Respect

This Scholarship is available to students entering Year 5 to 11 in 2022 with preference given to string, brass, and woodwind players and those who are willing to combine keyboard/vocal skills.

The Scholarship is based on academic performance, interview, and an audition that includes a performance of two contrasting pieces, sight-reading, and aural testing. This Scholarship can provide up to 50% remission of annual tuition fees and 100% remission of music tuition fees for tuition undertaken at the school in one instrument – which includes voice. The cost of any additional music tuition, including music theory lessons, books, and AMEB examinations will be the responsibility of the parent and does not form part of the Scholarship terms. Music scholars are required to undertake elective Music studies to VCE level and must also participate in the co-curricular music programs offered at St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School. This includes participation in the relevant Junior or Senior Choir and instrumental ensembles.

Please note that students applying for Music Scholarships are required to have achieved the following minimum levels of AMEB Grade or equivalent:

 

Year 5 and 6

At least AMEB Grade 2 or equivalent for one of the following instruments: Violin, piano, percussion, and voice. Applicants who play one or more of the following instruments and have been taking lessons for a minimum of six months are strongly encouraged to apply and will be considered on their own merit: Oboe, bassoon, trumpet, flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trombone, viola, cello, double bass, and harp.

 

Year 7 to 9

Be preparing for at least AMEB Grade 4 or equivalent for one of the following instruments: Piano, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, percussion, and voice. Due to the nature of the following instruments, AMEB Grade level is not necessarily applicable and applicants who play one or more of these instruments are strongly encouraged to apply and will be considered on their own merit: Oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, viola, cello, double bass, tuned percussion, and harp.

 

Year 10 and 11

At least AMEB Grade 7 or equivalent for one of the following instruments: Piano, violin, flute, clarinet, saxophone, percussion, and voice. Due to the nature of the following instruments, AMEB Grade level is not necessarily applicable and applicants who play one or more of these instruments are strongly encouraged to apply and will be considered on their own merit: Oboe, bassoon, trumpet, French horn, trombone, viola, cello, double bass, tuned percussion, and harp.

 

How to Apply

  1. Complete the Music Scholarship Application Form and return to enrol@stmargarets.vic.edu.au and pay the Music Scholarship Registration Fee of $100.00.
  2. All applications must be received by the close date.
  3. All candidates will be contacted and advised of their audition time.
  4. Auditions will be held in the St Margaret’s Berwick Grammar Music Centre at the Berwick Campus (27 – 47 Gloucester Avenue, Berwick).

Audition

  • Applicants will need to perform 2 contrasting works on a single instrument demonstrating their current level of playing, musicianship, and technique. Please note that there will be a piano and music stand available, but no accompanist provided. If students need accompaniment, they may use a recorded backing or bring an accompanist.
  • Candidates attend their audition at the agreed time which will last for around 20 minutes.
  • After the performance, applicants will be asked some questions about their musical experience, the reason for applying for the scholarship, and asked to demonstrate and talk about their contribution to the Performing Arts in their current place of education.

 

Offers and Acceptance

After attendance at the Music Scholarship Audition short-listed performers will be invited to attend an interview with the Principal or relevant Head of School week commencing Monday 4 May – exact day/time will be arranged by the Admission’s Office. Parents of all unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email as soon as all decisions have been made.

Please note: The decision of the School is final.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: How many Scholarships are offered each year?
A: This varies each year and depends on the calibre of candidates.
Q: What financial support does the Academic Scholarship provide?
A: This Scholarship can provide up to 50% remission of annual tuition fees and 100% remission of music tuition fees for tuition undertaken at the school in one instrument – which includes voice.
Q: If my/our child is currently attending St Margaret’s or Berwick Grammar School, is she/he able to apply for an Academic Scholarship?
A: Existing students of St Margaret’s and Berwick Grammar School can apply for this Scholarship.
Q: Why do I have to pay a $100 Registration Fee for the Music Scholarship?
A: The Registration Fee covers the services of the school’s organisation of these scholarships.
Q: Does my child have to sit the academic examination if she/he is applying for the Music Scholarship?
A: It is highly recommended that candidates sit the Academic testing, however, this test is not compulsory for Music Scholarship applications.
Q: How can I/we best prepare for our child’s examination?
A: Applicants should select and practice the two contrasting works on a single instrument that they will perform at their audition. These pieces should demonstrate their current level of playing, musicianship, and technique.

 Please note that there will be a piano and music stand available, but no accompanist provided. If students need accompaniment, they may use a recorded backing or bring an accompanist.

Q: What should my child wear on the day of academic testing?
A: School uniform or comfortable casual clothes.
Q: By what means do we learn of our child’s success, or otherwise?
A: After attendance at the Music Scholarship Audition short-listed performers will be invited to attend an interview with the Principal or relevant Head of School, exact day/time will be arranged by the Admission’s Office. Parents of all unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email as soon as all decisions have been made.
Q: We live currently live overseas but we’re moving to Melbourne. Can my child sit the exam? 
A: Your child can audition for the scholarship via video conference.
Q: I live in a remote area or I live a long distance from the school, can my child sit the scholarship remotely?
A: Your child can audition for the scholarship via video conference if you live than a 3-hour drive from the school.

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