Geelong Grammar School takes great pride in its music programme and the encouragement that its Music Scholarships have been able to give to talented musicians over the years. As well as developing their solo work, Music Scholars are members of appropriate ensembles, ranging from the Symphony Orchestra through a number of fine orchestras, bands and ensembles, and choirs.

Music Scholarships are offered for
  • Corio Campus – Years 7, 8, 10 and 11
  • Timbertop – Year 9

Eligibility and interviews

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian Permanent Resident Visa, who are entering the relevant year level.

Minimum practical standards are required. Applicants must have completed the AMEB level or its equivalent on one of the instruments shown below by the end of the year prior to entry.

Candidates are still eligible to apply as long as they are going to sit the correct level examination by the end of the year prior to entry.

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Please note that all auditions, including those for current Timbertop students, are held at the Music School (Corio Campus) in the February of the year prior to year level entry.

Click here for current application closing dates and audition dates.

Music Scholarship applications for 2019 are now open. Click here to begin the application process.

Successful applicants must abide by the Terms and Conditions of the Scholarship (PDF 90.6KB).

During auditions, applicants will be asked to:
  • Perform two contrasting pieces or movements on their principal instrument and perform one piece on their second instrument (if applicable).
  • Perform technical work on their principal instrument.
  • Take tests of aural awareness and sight reading.
Instrumentalists must provide their own accompanist. In cases where distance makes this difficult, the School may arrange an accompanist.

Note: If a student currently holds a scholarship at another school, this should be disclosed at the audition.

A review of the audition will be sent to all parents, once successful applicants have been notified.

What does a music scholarship cover?

Each year the School awards a number of Music Scholarships of up to 50% of the tuition and boarding fees. The actual percentage offered depends on the audition, coupled with the musical needs of the School.

Awards of over 50% are made in exceptional circumstances. In such cases, parents will be asked to complete a financial assessment form.

Application fees

A non-refundable fee of $50 is required for each application.