Instrumental Music Scholarships 


Status:  Closed
Opening date: 25 November 2019
Closing date: 14 February 2020, 5.00pm.
Late applications will not be accepted. 
Audition date: TBA
Important information:

All applicants will be notified on whether they are successful or unsuccessful via mail.

Only shortlisted boys will be contacted for interview.  

This Scholarship is for entry into Year 5 (minimum AMEB Grade 3 standard) to 10 (minimum AMEB Grade 6 standard) in 2021. 

To apply, you need to be a talented player of one of the following instruments:

  • Woodwind: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet
  • Brass: trumpet, trombone, euphonium, tuba
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Keyboard: piano
  • Percussion: mallet percussion and drum kit
  • Other: If you play an instrument other than those listed above and wish to discuss the possibility of applying for a scholarship, please contact the Music School directly on 03 8591 2258. Please note that BGS does not offer guitar scholarships.


Selection will be based on musical talent and will take into account:

  • the results of a 20-minute audition conducted by the Director of Music and specialist instrumental staff (see below)
  • a music aptitude test
  • previous music and school reports
  • an interview with the relevant Head of School.


The value of the scholarship varies depending on the quality and number of successful applicants. Instrumental Scholarships do not cover:

  • the cost of books, stationery or uniforms
  • consolidated charges
  • discretionary charges such as overseas trips.


Tenures vary but generally, holders are expected to complete their education at BGS.

Special conditions

Instrumental music scholarship holders are expected to:

  • maintain a sound standard of academic achievement
  • perform in one or more BGS Music ensemble or group and contribute positively to the musical life of the School.

The audition process

During the audition (approx. 20 minutes), the applicant will be required to:

  • perform two or three contrasting pieces, depending on length. If the applicant plays more than one instrument, two pieces should be performed on the major instrument and the third on the second instrument.
  • demonstrate sight-reading ability
  • undertake an aural test (including melodic recognition, intervals and rhythmic work).

Prior to the practical audition, the applicant will be required to sit a music aptitude test (approx. 40 minutes).

Don’t forget….   

Your Music Scholarship application must include a reference from your current Music teacher, a copy of your most recent school report and NAPLAN results, and all information regarding relevant musical attainments.

A Scholarship may be withdrawn if the Headmaster is not satisfied with the diligence or conduct of the holder. Failure to pay fees may also lead to withdrawal.  The School reserves the right not to award any or all of the scholarships available. No boy may hold more than one scholarship.


Kurt Abell, Director of Music (Acting)
BGS Music School
03 8591 2258 or