Music Scholarship specifications
The Music Scholarship Programme is open to any student keen to continue their musical development while studying at Exeter. As such, there are no set criteria for becoming a Scholar (we do not expect you to have attained a particular grade etc.); rather, we look for willingness and enthusiasm to get involved in the many musical opportunities available to you at the University.
- Instruments (all genres)
- Voice (all genres)
- Composition/song writing
- Sound engineering
Remember, you do not have to be a highly accomplished performer to apply or to be successful as we are looking for keen musicians who will contribute to the musical life of Exeter University. We welcome applications from performers in all genres of music and will endeavour to find teachers of more unusual instruments though we cannot guarantee success.
Please note: Scholarships are awarded in the form of lessons only; no cash award is given. If a suitable teacher cannot be found close to the University, it may be possible for scholars to receive lessons from a teacher who is based close to their UK home address. Please contact the Music Office for further information.
How to apply
- The opening date for submitting applications for the 2013/14 academic year will be Thursday August 15th 2013 ('A' Level results day and the closing date for submitting an application will be Wednesday 25th September 2013 (the first Wednesday of the autumn term).
- Applications will be accepted between these two dates only.
- Please apply only once you have confirmed your acceptance of an offer of a place at Exeter.
- The application form will be completed and submitted online. The link leading to the application form will appear on this web page on August 15th, the application opening date.
What happens next?
- Application forms are studied and selected candidates are invited to audition and scholarships are awarded on the basis of the application and audition.
- The audition is not intimidating and involves playing or singing unaccompanied for a few minutes and then a discussion of your interests and ambitions as a musician.
- Depending on the number of applicants to be auditioned, we hope to have successful candidates placed with their teacher my late October.
- Individual Music Tuition: a number of lessons based on the level of your individual scholarship
- Music Lectures and workshops: accelerate your progress and think more about your Music
- Lunchtime/Tea time recitals/Composition concerts
- Scholars' Ensemble concerts.
- Active involvement in University music
- Participating in Scholars Ensemble when required
- Encouraging and assisting your peers at any level
- Practising/preparing enough to progress in your lessons
- A short review at the end of each term to document what you have achieved.
Additional information for applicants
- I received a scholarship last year. Do I need to reapply for one this year?
Yes. You need to complete and submit a new application form and re-audition to renew your Music Scholarship. This will allow both you and the Music Office to see how much you have moved on as a musician since you last received lessons, and it will show if you have continued with your personal practice during the summer recess.
Most importantly, the scholarship lessons are designed to fit your goals and preferences as a musician. These may have changed since you were first awarded a scholarship, so a review of what you want to achieve as a musician is worthwhle in order to ensure you get the most out of your lessons.
- I have missed my audition. Can I reschedule for another time?
As the process of scheduling and delivering an audition slot actually costs the Music Office something in the region of £15-20 per student, we are not unfortunately going to be able to do this. However, if you would like to continue to follow the Scholars programme (lectures, workshops, performance opportunities) you are welcome to do so, and your application can be reconsidered at the time of the scholars review meetings in January.
- I submitted my application after the closing date? Is it now too late to be considered for a Music Scholarship this year?
Applications wil not be accepted after the closing date. However if you wish to follow the programme formally without receiving individual tuition, (ie participating in lectures, workshops, performance opportunities) you may do so. If your attendance and involvement has been good, your application may then be reconsidered in January, at the time of the scholars reviews.
- My late application has been declined by the Music Office, but I would still like to be involved in the scholarship programme. Is this possible?
Despite our being unable to accept late applications, many aspects of the scholars programme are open to all, and you may wish to follow the lecture and workshop schedule as it becomes available. It may then be possible to review late applications in January, especially if your attendance and involvement have been strong. If this is something you would like to consider, please let us know by return and complete an application form.