Music scholarships are awarded to students who demonstrate excellence in music and musical performance.

To be eligible for a Music scholarship at Geelong Grammar School, applicants must be:

  • a new student entering into Years 7, 8, 9, 10 or 11; or
  • a current student entering into Years 7, 8, 9 or 10.

Applicants must be Australian or New Zealand citizens or holders of an Australian Permanent Residence Visa.

Minimum practical standards are required to be considered for a Music Scholarship. 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.

InstrumentYr 7Yr 8Yr 9Yr 10Yr 11
Violin, Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute, Guitar, Voice. 45666
Brass, Percussion, Bassoon, Oboe, Double Bass, Cello, Viola44556
Pipe Organ**See BelowSee BelowSee BelowSee BelowSee Below
*Pianists presenting for scholarship on Piano must also be fluent on a second instrument.
*Pipe Organ pianists may audition on piano.



Student selection is based on audition and interview, in combination with academic examination results.

Successful candidates will be eager to participate in the wide range of opportunities available at the School, respecting the philosophy and rules that govern the School.

  • Up to 50% of the day or boarding fees; may vary depending on the individual.
  • Awards of over 50% are made in exceptional circumstances. In such cases, parents will be asked to complete a financial assessment form.
  • The scholarship awarded applies to the relevant Geelong Grammar School day or boarding fee, but not to uniforms, private vocal or instrumental lessons, textbooks, excursions, sundry charges or other personal items.

Auditions are in February, prior to the academic examination.

Support of an accompanist, where required, is arranged by the School on the candidate’s behalf and will incur a fee of $50. Details of payment will be provided by the Music Department.

Where circumstance prevents a live audition (preferred), a remote audition will be made available through Zoom. Candidates undertaking a remote audition through Zoom will need to use an external USB condenser microphone (high quality) and will need to ensure that both ‘high fidelity mode’ and ‘stereo mode’ are enabled. Further details will be provided by the Music Department.

Location: Corio Campus
Alternative locations may be arranged by contacting our examination provider (Edutest) directly +61 3 9014 1411

  • Applications open: Monday 30 October 2023
  • Applications close: Friday 2 February 2024
  • Scholarship examination: Saturday 24 February 2024
  • First round interviews: April 2024
  • Second round interviews (if required): May-June 2024
  • Outcomes: Scholarship outcomes communicated to families by June 2024


Following the examination and audition, shortlisted candidates are invited to an interview (via Zoom) with the Admissions Manager and Heads of School.

Interviews will occur in April; all candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application as soon as practical.

Music Scholarship Terms and Conditions can be found here.

There are two steps in the application process that must be completed before the closing date.

STEP 1: Register your child for the Music Scholarship examination via Edutest (examination provider). Please keep a record of the Edutest Reference Number, you will need this for Step 2.

STEP 2: Complete the GGS enrolment application form via You will be asked to provide the Edutest Reference Number provided at the time of registering for the examination. If you have previously submitted a GGS online application or are a current student, you do not need to complete this step. Please ensure you complete Step 1.

Note: Please ensure that you register for the correct examination that corresponds to the scholarship you are applying for. To do this, make sure you are on the appropriate scholarship webpage (Academic, General Excellence, or Music), and click the examination link provided on that page.