The College has a vibrant music program offering individual lessons and ensembles of high standards across a range of instruments and musical styles. Music Scholarship recipients will be offered full remission of instrumental tuition fees on one instrument (for current Geelong College students) and full remission of instrumental tuition fees on one instrument and part remission of academic fees (for new students to Geelong College). The amount of fee remission offered to each candidate is at the discretion of the Principal, but will not exceed 50%.

We have a number of musicians from regional areas who board at the school. Living on site, boarders are easily able to attend before and after school rehearsals and concerts, and have access to practice rooms. Students from regional areas are encouraged to apply for both Music and Boarding scholarships.

Music Scholarships for entry into 2020 have now closed.

The following information is  to be used as a guide for scholarship applications for entry into 2021 and beyond.

Auditions

Musicians, who play all instruments, including voice, are encouraged to audition.

Auditions will be held at The Geelong College in November two years before the applicant is to be enrolled (i.e Year 5 for entry into Year 7)  following the scholarship exam. All external applicants must sit the scholarship exam and provide the required documentation, at which time they will be notified of their audition details.

In addition to the documentation required for general applications Music Scholarship applicants must provide the following:

  • A summary of their musical achievements and involvements
  • References from music teachers, including contact details

Instrumentalists and vocalists are reminded that they must provide their own accompanist for the audition. Backing tracks can be used (CD or mp3 files on ipod, etc).

Students are able to audition on one or more instruments, including voice. Pianists and guitarists must also be fluent on a second instrument or be prepared to commence an orchestral woodwind, brass or string instrument upon entering the school.

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)
  • Take tests of aural awareness and sight reading
Audition Standards

If the following minimum auditions standards are not achieved, applications will be considered if the candidate can demonstrate exceptional musical abilities, for example perfect pitch or excellent rhythmic skills. To be considered for the audition, please contact the Director of Music.

For woodwind and brass instruments

Applicants must be working towards completing the AMEB level listed below or its equivalent by the end of the year prior to entry to the school:

Entry into Year 7AMEB Grade 3 or equivalent
Entry into Year 8AMEB Grade 4 or equivalent
Entry into Year 9AMEB Grade 5 or equivalent
Entry into Year 10AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent
Entry into Year 11AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent
For orchestral strings, piano, guitar and voice

Applicants must be working towards completing the AMEB level listed below or its equivalent by the end of the year prior to entry to the school:

Entry into Year 7AMEB Grade 4 or equivalent
Entry into Year 8AMEB Grade 5 or equivalent
Entry into Year 9AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent
Entry into Year 10AMEB Grade 6 or equivalent
Entry into Year 11AMEB Grade 7 or equivalent