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Music Scholars

What is the Music Scholarship?

Music scholarships can be offered to those with a particular aptitude for music. They require dedication and commitment to both the music department and the school. Any music scholar will be expected to play a full part in musical life of Farringtons School, taking part in each concert and helping with our ensembles both during and after the school day. For further information please contact our registrar via email admissions@farringtons.kent.sch.uk. 

How are potential Music Scholars assessed?

Once you have completed your application for a music scholarship, you will be given a time to come into school for an interview. These dates are published in advance. Sometimes additional dates are offered due to demand.

There will be an interview with the Director of Music in which the candidate will be expected to perform on at least one instrument (this included singing). Accompaniments require should be brought with the candidate or a piano accompaniment provided. Sheet music should be original copies on the interview, and a photocopy of any music, including the accompaniment, should be sent to the school at least a week before the interview. It is acceptable for another adult to accompany the candidate if you wish or this will be done by the Director of Music.

The standard expected is “approaching Grade 5”. A second instrument may be presented and may be of a lower standard. There will also be aural test containing both pitch and rhythm exercises, sight reading and a conversation with both the candidate alone and together with the parents. This will cover the music performed and its background together with discussing the musical background of the candidate.

What is expected of a Music Scholar?

In addition to the requirements made of a scholarship student as stated above, music scholars are expected to involve themselves fully in the musical life of Farringtons by:

  • Attending and performing in concerts and special events.
  • Playing and assisting during Open Mornings.
  • Assisting with both Junior and Senior clubs at lunchtime and after school.
  • Attending all rehearsals as requested.
  • Being willing to help music teachers with work behind the scenes.
  • Contributing willingly towards all aspects of the music department.
  • Contributing towards the School newsletter.
  • Working hard and being organised in all music and academic studies.