King's Music Test

The information on this page should be read in combination with the details of how to apply for Music. Do bear in mind that the King's Music Test is only one element of the application process.

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Students who are invited for interview in Music at King's are asked to sit a Music test set by the King's Director of Studies whilst they are in Cambridge. The test is in addition to your interviews, to give you another opportunity to show what you can do in music.

The King's Music Test involves a 45-minute written test in harmony and counterpoint of the period c1700-1810 (e.g. a Bach chorale harmonisation, or Lied accompaniment; adding an instrumental melodic line above a given bass), and a 30-minute aural test (dictation of a melody, and phrases of Bach chorale). You will not be required to perform on your instrument.

If we invite you for interview at King's, we will automatically organise this Music test for you as part of your interview day timetable - you do not need to register.

If you are an international student, please note that the University advises applicants for Music to apply for interview in Cambridge (see information about applying as an international student)

If you normally receive extra time or other arrangements for exams that you sit at school, please read about applying with a disability, Specific Learning Difficulty or long-term illness.

NB. If you have been reading about the written assessments in most subjects, please note that there is no standard format written assessment for Music.

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