Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships  - Years 7 & 11

A Music Scholarship, either instrumental or vocal, is available to students with outstanding musical potential to further enhance the music life of the school, who are entering Year 7 and Year 11 in 2023. 

The school opened a new Performing Arts Centre in 2014 that includes a 750 seat theatre with a spacious orchestra pit, a recording studio, plus orchestra rehearsal, music tutorial and practice rooms.  

Students who wish to apply for a Music Scholarship must sit for the Scholarship Examination, followed by an audition on a later date after the exam.

Music auditions

Parents will be contacted regarding audition times early in Term 1 once scholarship applications have closed.  

Applicants for Music Scholarships are automatically eligible to apply for an Academic Scholarship and are not required to pay an additional application fee.

Scholarship exam dates
  • Thursday 24 February 2022 - CCGS students
  • Saturday 26 February 2022 - external students 

How to apply for a scholarship
  • Online registrations only are accepted.
  • Payment of $98 is required at the time of registration.
  • During the online application process students will need to answer, in their own words, questions about their school experience.
  • Applications close on Friday 18 February 2022. Applications after this date will attract a late fee and NO applications will be accepted after Monday 21 February 2022.
Additional requirements
  • Applicants must submit a portfolio of their music reports to CCGS. 
  • Applicants must download a music teacher reference form and send to their referee to complete and return to CCGS.

Please return both documents to Enrolments at by Friday 18 February 2022.   

Shortlisted candidates who are eligible for a means-tested scholarship are required to submit financial documentation such as recent tax returns (past two years) and a statement of assets and liabilities. Please contact the Business Manager with any questions you may have: (02) 4367 6766.


Music scholarships are open to students who study one or more of the following instruments:

  • Keyboard: piano
  • Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar and harp
  • Woodwind: flute, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, oboe
  • Brass: cornet/trumpet, french horn, trombone, baritone, euphonium, tuba
  • Percussion: drum kit, orchestral/tuned percussion
  • Singing: all voices

Applicants may apply on their main instrument or a maximum of two instruments. A maximum of two performances will be required for the audition.   

Music scholarships 2022 - Central Coast Grammar School

Selection criteria
  • A high standard of performance demonstrated at the audition
  • Strong aural, musicology and theory skills past and present musical experience, based on reports provided by the applicant and a reference provided by music teacher
  • Performance in the Scholarship Examination

After the results of the Scholarship Examination are available, students who have been placed on the shortlist will be asked to attend an interview at the school. Scholarship interviews are conducted at the end of Term 1 and beginning of Term 2, 2022. If students are not available during this time period to attend an interview, unfortunately they will not be considered for a scholarship as this may delay the selection and offer process. Applicants should ensure they have no conflicting commitments during this time period.  


Scholarship holders are expected to be ambassadors for music at the school and are required to:

  • Study elective Music in Years 9 to 12 (Year 7 scholarship candidates) and study HSC Music in Years 9 to 12 (Year 11 scholarship candidates)
  • Be fully and willingly involved in at least two cocurricular music programs within the school
  • Perform regularly in public, school and/or eisteddfod performances either as a soloist or ensemble performer
  • Continue to learn their chosen musical instrument
  • Prioritise school rehearsal and performances

Requirements for audition
  • Two contrasting pieces (in the case of students who play two instruments, one piece on each instrument only)
  • Scales, to include both major and minor scales and their arpeggios
  • Viva Voce on pieces presented and an unseen piece
  • Sight reading (on their choice of instrument)
  • Aural tests (involving such things as rhythm, pitch recognition and major and minor triads)
  • Creative skills test

Candidates are required to provide their own accompanist, as is appropriate for the pieces selected or may submit a backing track in MP3 format.

Value of scholarships

Scholarships cover remission of tuition fees only. Additional costs such as uniform items, computer notebook, textbooks, excursions and consolidated charges are not included. Means tested scholarship recipients are exempt from paying most of the additional costs. The value of each scholarship may vary depending on the calibre of the candidate and may cover 100% of tuition fees, 75%, 50% or 25%. The school reserves the right to withhold a scholarship (in any year) if there are no candidates of sufficient merit. All scholarships are subject to annual review but are normally tenable for the length of the recipient’s education at the school, subject to continuing satisfactory progress, performance and attitude. Music Scholarship winners are required to be actively involved in the music and broader life of the school.

  • The scholarship examinations will be held over two days at the Central Coast Grammar School. CCGS students will sit the exam on Thursday 24 February, and external students sitting the exam on Saturday 26 February 2022. 
  • Registration is from 8.15 - 8.30am. Assemble at the Performing Arts Centre foyer, Arundel Road, Erina Heights.
  • Students will sit an examination appropriate for their grade administered by an external examination company, Academic Assessment Services.
  • The examination will conclude at 12.30pm.
    • Central Coast Grammar School students are required to remain at school following the examination and attend lessons until the end of the school day. 
    • External Students are to be collected at 12:30pm from the Performing Arts Centre Foyer. 
  • Central Coast Grammar School students are required to remain at school following the music aptitude test and attend lessons until the end of the school day.
  • As the examination relates to scholarships at Central Coast Grammar School only, applicants are unable to sit the examination at an alternative school campus.
  • Unfortunately there can be no amendments to examination times due to the number of applicants and a tight schedule on the day. Applicants should ensure they have no conflicting commitments.
Drop Off and Pick-up - Safe Practices During COVID-19 Pandemic

Students' temperatures will be checked at registration and their names marked off prior to entering the examination hall. 

Parents are asked to adhere to the following:

•   Have your child at the Performing Arts Centre foyer from 8:15am – 8:30am for registration.
•   Not accompany your child/ren to the registration area.
•   Socially distance themselves from other parents and staff.
•   External parents are to collect their child from the Performing Arts Centre foyer at 12:30pm. Only one parent is permitted on campus. We ask this is done in a quick and orderly manner.

Notification of Offer of Scholarship

A letter indicating whether the applicant has been successful or otherwise will be sent to the parents/guardian by the end of Term 2, 2022. The school does not provide feedback to parents on any aspect of the scholarship process. This includes the applicant’s performance in the scholarship examination, music aptitude test, music audition or any interview. Scholarships are awarded at the discretion of the school and the school’s decision is final.

A $1,500 Scholarship Entrance Deposit will become payable by new families to the school on acceptance of an offer of a scholarship (means-tested scholarship recipients are exempt). This deposit is fully refundable without interest when your last child leaves the school. This is subject to parents having paid all monies due to the school and otherwise having complied with the Conditions of Enrolment. If the student’s enrolment is cancelled or if the student is withdrawn from the school prior to the end of Term 1, 2022 this deposit will not be refunded.

Students are shortlisted after the interview process. This list is kept active for 12 months from the date of the Scholarship Examination.


Sarah Barker
T. 4365 8404