Music Scholarship

At MSJ, Scholarships acknowledge exceptional individual ability and talent in a particular area. We welcome applications for Music Scholarships at 11+, 13+ and 16+, which are awarded on merit.

Becoming an MSJ scholar means striving for your best and sharing that passion with others.


The Malvern St James Music Scholar:

  • Has an overwhelming passion for the subject and pursues their passion both in and outside of the classroom, making a positive contribution to the musical life of the School.
  • Participates in concerts and musical ensembles: Orchestra, Choir and Chamber Ensembles as appropriate.
  • Attends all appropriate rehearsals and supports the Music Department both in School and in the wider community.
  • At Sixth Form takes leadership positions within the Music Department and helps to encourage other musicians in all areas of music making.

Applicants should:

  • Show considerable potential in their preferred instrument or voice.
  • Ideally offer two instruments for assessment; candidates with only one instrument are nevertheless encouraged to apply.
  • For 11+ Scholarships have reached or be working towards ABRSM or Trinity College Grade 4 (or equivalent) in their first study and Grade 3 in their second study (either of which may be singing).
  • For 11+ and 13+ Scholarships expect to study Music at GCSE.
  • For 13+ Scholarships have reached ABRSM or Trinity College Grade 5 (or equivalent) in their first study and Grade 3 in their second study (either of which may be singing).
  • For 16+ Scholarships study A Level Music in the Sixth Form.
  • For 16+ Scholarships have reached The ABRSM or Trinity College Grade 6 or equivalent in their first study and Grade 4 in their second study (either of which may be Singing).

Music Scholarship Assessment:

Candidates are free to perform a contrasting programme of their own choice. Those with an interest in composition are also encouraged to present a portfolio of original compositions and / or arrangements. All candidates will have the opportunity to rehearse with an accompanist prior to the audition.

Applicants should have considerable potential; ideally, they will already be achieving the best possible marks in their respective fields, whether academic or practical. In addition, applicants should be outstanding role models for other girls.

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In addition to our Senior and Sixth Form Music Scholarships, we have the Lynne Lindner Music Award, a bursary which fully funds a sixth form day place at MSJ, as well as giving an additional 10% to cover items such as instrumental tuition, sheet music and instrument hire if needed. 

This is a transformational opportunity for an exceptionally talented musician to join MSJ Sixth Form.

Scholars benefit from free music tuition on their first instrument.