Music Scholarship – Overseas Applications

Music Scholarship – Overseas Applications

Music is an important part of school life at Caterham School. We welcome and value applications for Music Scholarships from young musicians with flair and a passion for music. Our busy and diverse department seeks to provide exciting opportunities for musicians and Music Scholars play an important part in driving the energy and maintaining a high standard of performance.

To apply for a Music Scholarship, please use the form at the bottom of this page.

For singers interested in a Choral Scholarship (those with exclusively choral experience), please contact the Director of Music via Admissions.

Expectations and opportunities

Music Scholars are expected to play a minimum of two instruments (including voice) and as such, they are involved in the busy co-curricular programme throughout the year. A firm commitment to the music department is expected and allows for the many benefits afforded to our scholars.

Music Scholars are often required to represent the school in a variety of ways: at inter-school performances, in local and national music festivals, as ambassadors for the school at open days and other events, in recordings and videos for online distribution and on social media.

The flair and confidence for musical performance from a Music Scholar also inspires and encourages younger and less experienced pupils at both the Senior and Prep Schools and a willingness to mentor and support is an important part of the role, particularly at 13+ and 16+.

There are high musical expectations for Music Scholars; a dedication to progressing on 1st and 2nd instruments/voice with a view to achieving high marks at any graded examinations, exemplary commitment to any ensembles, enthusiasm for learning challenging musical works, willingness to appear and perform as a soloist and at 16+, a willingness to lead or assist with the running of smaller ensembles.

Music Scholars are fully supported by the Music Staff and are mentored and supported to achieve these expectations. Other activities offered to Music Scholars include; accompanying, musical composition/songwriting sessions with our Composer in Residence, conducting, priority use of the Recording Studio and the opportunity to assist Music Staff in the preparation of concert programming.

Further details about the audition can be found on the ‘Guidelines and audition details’ document.

We look forward to receiving applications from enthusiastic and talented musicians and to furthering their already successful musical profiles. The Music Department is friendly and nurturing with staff who are passionate about Music and understand the pressures and demands of school life. Music Scholars flourish at Caterham School and represent the absolute enjoyment of music-making.

For further information about the activities of the Music Department, please visit:

For more details of the admissions process and application, please contact the Admissions Department: [email protected]

For specific questions for the Music Department, please contact: [email protected]

Desired Qualities

  • Evidence of ability and dedication to music beyond musical graded exams e.g participation in ensembles
  • Ability to sight-read competently and confidently
  • Evidence of musicality in addition to technical proficiency
  • A desire to commit fully to the musical life of the school

Audition & Portfolio

Video of performances (Youtube/Vimeo or as a video file):

  • Performance of one substantial piece (or two shorter pieces) on principal instrument or voice
  • Performance of one piece on second instrument/voice
  • Portfolio of musical achievements and supporting documents (Please email [email protected] to submit your on-line portfolio).
  • Copies of music performed
  • Most recent music exam certificates
  • Comment sheets from recent music exams
  • Certificates of participation in musical activities
  • References from relevant instrumental/vocal teachers
  • Reference from current school music teacher


Video performances and scanned supporting documents should be presented digitally in one email to the Assistant Registrar (Boarding).

The application form and portfolios will be reviewed by the Director and Assistant Director of Music. Candidates will be selected for further consideration.


  Orchestral Instruments/Voice Other

1st Instrument (orchestral) or Vocal standard achieved on application

2nd Instrument (any) or Vocal standard achieved on application

Piano, guitar or drums standard achieved on application

2nd instrument (orchestral) or Vocal standard achieved on application


Grade 6

ABRSM/Trinity or equivalent

Grade 4

ABRSM/Trinity or equivalent

Grade 6

ABRSM/Trinity or equivalent

Grade 4

ABRSM/Trinity or equivalent


Grade 7

ABRSM/Trinity or equivalent

Grade 5

ABRSM/Trinity or equivalent

Grade 7 ABRSM/Trinity or equivalent

Grade 5 ABRSM/Trinity or equivalent


Please note that once you have submitted the scholarship form, an acknowledgement will appear on the screen and in addition you will receive an acknowledgement email – please can we ask that you check your spam or junk folder should this not appear in your inbox.  Thank you.

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