Specialist Musicians vs General Music Scholars

Wells Cathedral School offers two distinct pathways for talented musicians; please see the table below (or click here for the pdf version) to determine which path is right for you. If you are still unsure which music pathway is for you, please contact our admissions team on 01749 834441 / [email protected] and they will be happy to assist you.


Specialist Music Programmes (including Special Provision*)



Scholar


This is for…

  …someone looking to make music their primary focus


  …someone looking to pursue high-level music alongside other things


Eligibility


  Aged 8-16+

  Entry at Years 7 and 9

Fee remission


  10% to 100%

  Usually 10%

Eligible for MDS funding?

  Specialist musicians only

  No

Eligible for 1-2-1 teaching?

  Yes – Specialists have up to three hours of 1-2-1 instrumental lessons and access to masterclasses as part of the Specialist Programme



Yes – Scholars can take 1-2-1 instrumental lessons in School with our highly regarded team of Visiting Music Staff for an additional charge. Please see our website for our fees.



Eligible to join orchestras and ensembles?



  Yes



  Yes



Access to specialist seminars



  Yes



  No



Access to conservatoire preparation programming



  Yes



  No



Use of exceptional facilities



  Yes



  Yes



Access to accompanists



  Yes



  Yes



Pursue a full academic timetable?



  No



  Yes



Required to study Music GCSE?



  Yes



  Yes



Required to study Music A Level?



  Yes



  No



Solo Performance Opportunities



  Regular recital slots throughout the year



  Termly concert platform



Progression



  Normally progress to study music at a conservatoire or university



  May audition to transfer to one of our specialist programmes if the Scholar achieves a suitable standard and desires to do so


  Normally progress to university to study an academic discipline



Outcomes



  Trained to rehearse and perform at a professional level



  Provided with a musically enriching background for life with the ability to participate in amateur ensembles



Application process



  Visit the Audition section of our website for our forms and deadlines


  Visit the Scholarship section of our website for our forms and deadlines 

* Please see our website for details on our Specialist Music categories and fee structures.