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High Performance Programme - Music

Music Scholarships and High Performance Programme

Cheadle Hulme School offers a small number of Scholarships each year in recognition of outstanding performance or potential in a given area. Scholarships are non-means tested and offer a discount of up to 25% of the annual School fees. All awards are made at the discretion of the Governing Body. A Music Scholarship is awarded to a pupil who demonstrates outstanding potential in one or more musical instruments/voice.  A Music Scholarship is not applied for, it is awarded following an audition for the High Performance Programme in Music.

High Performance Programme - Music:

A limited number of places are offered to pupils to participate in our High Performance Programme in Music. This specialist programme provides additional developmental opportunities and bespoke support to pupils who demonstrate significant potential in the Audition.

As part of the High Performance Programme the School pays private tuition fees for up to two instruments/voice. Lessons would normally be delivered in School by our own Visiting Music Teachers, but in exceptional circumstances, pupils who show a genuine need to have lessons from an external teacher would be considered. Payments to external teachers cannot exceed the rate paid to our Visiting Music Teachers. Currently, (Sept 2017/18) fees are £199.00 per SERIES of 10 lessons with each lessons being 35/40 minutes duration. Pupils normally receive not less than three series of lessons per academic year.

In addition to the funding of lessons pupils will receive an allowance for the purchase of music, regular opportunities for trips to professional concerts, visits to Royal Northern College of Music String /Wind/Percussion workshops, regular talks/workshops on aspects of performance including topics such as Managing Performance Anxiety, Careers in Music, The Importance of the Warm Up, Maintenance of Instruments and Stagecraft. There will also be the opportunity to go on an annual European Music Trip.


Offers of awards are subject to pupils passing the Entrance Exam or being offered a place in Sixth Form AND showing exceptional promise or achieving a high level of performance on one or more instruments/voice. Typically applicants would be working towards Grade 4 (Distinction) at Year 6 or Grade 7 (Distinction) at Year 11.

Successful applicants would be expected to maintain, in the opinion of the Director of Music, a satisfactory rate of progress and to take a full and willing part in the co-curricular groups that the School offers. The School reserves the right to withdraw a place on the High Performance Programme, should the pupil fail to maintain reasonable progress or be unwilling to participate in co-curricular groups.

How to Apply:

If you wish your child to be considered for a place on the High Performance Programme in Music, please complete the Music High Performance Application Form by Friday 14 December 2018. Should they fulfil the criteria, they will then be invited to audition on Friday 18 January 2019.

The Audition will involve performing a programme of music (own choice – accompanied or unaccompanied) lasting not more than 5 minutes for Year 7 and 8 minutes for Lower Sixth. The programme may comprise one longer item or two/three shorter pieces. Applicants may bring their own accompanist or we can provide one. Those requiring a school accompanist must submit copies of the piano parts with the application. The music chosen should provide sufficient contrast to display both technical control and musical maturity.

Applicants will also be expected to take some basic aural tests on pitching, melodic memory and harmonic awareness. Preparation is not needed for these tests as they will be adapted to the experience of the applicant.

Finally there will be a short viva focused on the pieces played, including questions on basic theory and any other significant features. Applicants will have the opportunity to discuss their music making in general.

For further information please contact Mr Phil Dewhurst: Director of Music. music@chschool.co.uk