Two Junior Department oboists enjoy their rehearsal
Formal assessments (similar in format to entrance auditions) take place for all students in year 8 (Spring term) and year 11 (late Autumn term/early Spring term), though a student's teacher or the Head of Junior Programmes can request an assessment at any time if there are areas of concern.

We will give you plenty of notice of your assessment and ensure that your assessment is a positive experience.

What formal assessments involve

  • One prepared piece on each instrument/voice (see below)
  • First study sight-reading
  • Musicianship and aural tests

Please talk to your teacher as soon as you know about your assessment to ensure that you have appropriate pieces to play/sing (composers, percussionists, guitarists, harpists and pianists please read the special instructions below).

An accompanist is provided by JD and students are not permitted to use their own accompanist unless permission has been given by the Head of Junior Programmes in advance. There will the opportunity to warm up and run through your assessment piece(s) 15 minutes before your assessment.

If you learn your first study instrument outside JD, we expect you to play it in your assessment. If you learn a second and/or third study outside JD, and wish to be considered for future inclusion in orchestras/ensembles on this instrument, you need to prepare something for your assessment; if not, then we would prefer it if you prepared a short piece, but it is not mandatory.

In your assessment, there will also be an opportunity to discuss progress, any issues relating to your timetable (including start/finish times) and suggestions for future timetable provision.

A report, written by the visiting specialist, will be provided for teachers following formal assessments; the assessment panel leader will contact parents if any urgent matters arise from the assessment.

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