A number of Instrumental Music Scholarships are available to both prospective and current students of The King David School who are entering Years 6 through 11 in 2020. These scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate promising musical ability. Instrumental Music Scholarships are offered only for a year at a time and are subject to an annual audition and engagement in all the relevant School musical events As part of the audition, candidates are expected to perform two pieces of contrasting style on their major instrument or voice. Candidates may also be examined on some technical work, general knowledge, aural tests and sight reading. Besides ability, other factors may contribute to the panel’s decision to award scholarships. These could include the instrumental requirements of the School’s larger ensembles. Holders of Music Scholarships are expected to make progress in keeping with such an award and to substantially contribute to music within the School. Regular daily practice on the instrument is essential and a positive attitude and commitment for other student musicians to follow. Scholarship students are expected to play in the School ensemble program and perform at School events, assemblies and musical productions, as directed by the Head of Music. Scholarships are reviewed annually by the Principal and the Head of Music to ensure that the above conditions are fulfilled

Are you eligible to apply?

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,


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

  • the results of a 20-minute audition conducted by the Head  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.


Students entering Years 6 to 12 in 2020

How to apply

Selection will be based on Audition and will take into account:

  • Please download application form HERE
  • review of school reports


Instrumental  Music scholarships cover a percentage of the music tuition fees and do not cover:

  • the cost of books, stationery or uniforms
  • consolidated charges
  • security fee
  • academic and Jewish studies fee
  • discretionary charges such as overseas trips/ interstate music camp


Tenures vary but generally holders are expected to complete their secondary education at The King David School.

Special Conditions

Instrumental music scholarship holders are expected to:

  • maintain a sound standard of academic achievement
  • perform in one or more music ensembles or groups 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).