Up to 18 students are admitted to Year 7 each September on the basis of aptitude in music.

Up to 18 students are admitted to Year 7 each September on the basis of aptitude in music. Your child can qualify for a music aptitude place at Chelsea Academy wherever you live and whichever school they attend.

Successful music scholars admitted in Year 7 are offered:

  • Additional music lessons each week
  • Access to free and/or subsidised individual music lessons
  • A dedicated Music Mentor
  • Masterclasses, workshops and regular performance opportunities
  • Access to excellent, state-of- the-art music facilities
  • Opportunities with major London musical institutions

In return we have high expectations of our music scholars, including compulsory attendance at the Academy orchestra and choir, performing at Academy and community functions, GCSE Music as a Key Stage 4 option choice, and to act as ambassadors for Music and the Arts both within and outside the Academy. We recommend you consider carefully if your child has a real aptitude for and interest in music before applying.

Our aptitude testing process consists of a written multiple-choice listening and aural discrimination assessment covering elements such as recognising rhythmic and melodic changes, identifying changes in pitch and identifying parts in a chord. This is then followed by a group aural test where candidates sing/play back a melodic patterns and clap and sing back the rhythmic pattern of a melody – similar to ABRSM aural tests. The test is designed to assess aptitude, rather than ability, and therefore there is no need to have any prior knowledge of music notation or to practice anything beforehand.

The music aptitude selection process for Year 7 places in September 2019 has now been completed.
Applications for September 2020 places will open in July 2019.