One award is available for each age group at a fixed amount of £1000 per annum.
Music holds a special place at Leweston and it permeates all aspects of school life. Award holders have the opportunity to perform regularly both as members of musical groups and as soloists. Scholars also have the opportunity to attend music trips and benefit from specialist individual instrumental teaching and masterclasses from high-class professional musicians. Music scholars are expected to make a full and active contribution to the musical life of the school.
Music scholars must maintain a commitment to either academic music or their instrument throughout their school career and are usually expected to take Music at GCSE. If a Music scholar chooses to withdraw from the Department, they may lose their award.
Music candidates are strongly encouraged to book a pre-audition with the Director of Music at which time they will be advised about their suitability for a scholarship application. As part of their application candidates are required to provide confidential reports from their current instrumental teachers.
11+ Scholarships (Year 7 Entry)
Candidates at 11+ are expected to offer two instruments (including voice), they should be Grade 3 Associated Board standard on their principle instrument and Grade 2 on their second instrument.
13+ Scholarships (Year 9 Entry)
Candidates at 13+ are expected to offer two instruments (including voice), they should be Grade 5 Associated Board standard on their principle instrument and Grade 4 on their second instrument.
16+ Scholarships (Year 12 Entry)
Candidates at Sixth Form are expected to offer two instruments (including voice), they should be of Grade 7 or above Associated Board standard on their principle instrument and Grade 5 Associated Board standard on their second.
Candidates are assessed by the Director of Music on their achievement to date as well as their potential. Candidates should be prepared to perform two contrasting pieces of their choice on their principle instrument and one piece on their second. During the assessment day they will be asked to practise a previously unseen piece of music on their principle instrument for 20 minutes before completing a short lesson based on the piece. There will also be a comprehensive aural test. In addition, candidates will attend a short interview with the Headmaster.