How are trainees selected for Elementary Year-1 (Beginners) courses?
The admission test for Beginners courses comprises a music aptitude test and an interview. The music aptitude test is a simple pitch and rhythm test. The interview will consist of an assessment of physical factors such as size, stretch and coordination of hands etc. against the requirements of their chosen musical instruments. For applicants for Chinese and Western wind instrument classes, their teeth and lips would also be taken into consideration.
How can one prepare for the music aptitude test and interview of Elementary Year-1 (Beginners) courses?
Since Elementary Year-1 courses are designed for children and young people with no previous instrumental training, the music aptitude test, which involves only the identification of pitch and rhythm, requires no specific preparation. Nor does the assessment of the applicants' physical suitability for their chosen instruments in the interview require any preparation.
Would piano proficiency be an advantage for children applying for Elementary Year-1 (Beginners) courses?
Since our Elementary Year-1 courses are designed for children and young people with no previous instrumental training, the music aptitude test involves only a simple pitch and rhythm test, while interview is an assessment of the applicants' physical suitability for their chosen instruments. While children with piano training should not be unfamiliar with the identification of pitch and rhythm, proficiency in piano playing might not be necessarily helpful towards their application for Elementary Year-1 courses.
Which musical instruments are easier to learn?
It really depends on whether the chosen instrument is suitable for the applicant's physique. Generally speaking, it's easier to pick up the zheng and percussion, but they also attract more applicants. Another option is the double bass (Chinese and Western) which has fewer applicants. In any case, good progress is dependent on regular practice for even for the easiest of musical instruments.
Which musical instruments hold a better chance for admission?
Applying for less competitive classes should have a higher success rate. Please click here for the admission statistics of this year for reference.