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Guide to Applying: HSMC

If you want to apply for HSMC you will need to complete an additional application section. If you don't want to apply for HSMC, you don't need to complete this section.

The Hampshire Specialist Music Course is designed for gifted young people who are thinking seriously about pursuing a career in music performance. Students on this course receive additional coaching in chamber music and free tuition on both their first and second study instruments, plus a wide range of performance opportunities, preparing students for entry to competitive conservatoires and universities.

Auditions for entry to this course take place in late January or early February. Twelve places are offered each year.

More information can be found in our Course Directory.

Apply for HSMC

QuestionGuidance Notes
Are you applying for a place on the Hampshire Specialist Music Course (HSMC)? If you answer "Yes" to this question, you will need to complete the rest of the form that appears on that page. If you answer "No", you will continue to the next section.

First Study Instrument

QuestionGuidance Notes
Instrument studied What is the name of the instrument that you've been studying? eg. Piano
Length of time played Please select the number of years and months that you have been learning this instrument for. If you don't know exactly how long, make an estimate.
Present teacher's name We will need to ask your teacher for a reference. Please enter a title, first name and surname. For example Mr Paul Jones.
Length of time taught by present teacher Please select the number of years and months that you have been taught by current teacher. If you don't know exactly how long, make an estimate.
Present teacher's telephone number This is so that we can ask for a reference.

For UK numbers, please enter this in the format 01444 555555 (making sure that you put a space between the area code and the phone number).

For international phone numbers please include your country code.
Present teacher's email address If you don't know your teacher's email address you can leave this blank
Present teacher's address If the address is in the UK you can start typing the first line of the address or the post code to automatically complete it. If you have any trouble with the automatic search, click the "Enter address manually" link to type the address in manually.
Date of last grade exam taken When did you have your last grade exam in this instrument? If you don't remember the exact date, you can leave parts of this blank. For instance you could leave the Day field blank and just choose February 1981, or even just 1981 if you're unsure of the month as well.

If you have never taken a grade exam in this instrument, leave this blank.
Grade What grade did you achieve? eg. 5

If you have never taken a grade exam in this instrument, leave this blank
Marks How many marks did you get? eg. 87/100

If you have never taken a grade exam in this instrument or if you don't know, leave this blank.
Date of next grade exam (if known) If you have a grade exam booked, please let us know when. If you don't know the exact date, you can leave parts of this blank. For instance you could leave the Day field blank and just choose September 2012, or even just 2013 if you're unsure of the month as well.

If you don't have a grade exam coming up for this instrument, leave this field blank.
Grade If you have a grade exam booked, please let us what grade it is for. If you don't have a grade exam coming up for this instrument, leave this field blank.
Do you hold a County Music Award? Do you currently hold a County Music Award in this instrument?
If yes, for how long? If you currently hold a County Music Award, how long have you had it for? If you don't know exactly how long, make an estimate.

Second Study Instrument

QuestionGuidance Notes
Instrument studied What is the name of the instrument that you've been studying? eg. Piano
Length of time played Please select the number of years and months that you have been learning this instrument for. If you don't know exactly how long, make an estimate.
Present teacher's name We will need to ask your teacher for a reference. Please enter a title, first name and surname. For example Mr Paul Jones.
Length of time taught by present teacher Please select the number of years and months that you have been taught by current teacher. If you don't know exactly how long, make an estimate.
Present teacher's telephone number This is so that we can ask for a reference.

For UK numbers, please enter this in the format 01444 555555 (making sure that you put a space between the area code and the phone number).

For international phone numbers please include your country code.
Present teacher's email address If you don't know your teacher's email address you can leave this blank
Present teacher's address If the address is in the UK you can start typing the first line of the address or the post code to automatically complete it. If you have any trouble with the automatic search, click the "Enter address manually" link to type the address in manually.
Date of last grade exam taken When did you have your last grade exam in this instrument? If you don't remember the exact date, you can leave parts of this blank. For instance you could leave the Day field blank and just choose February 1981, or even just 1981 if you're unsure of the month as well.

If you have never taken a grade exam in this instrument, leave this blank.
Grade What grade did you achieve? eg. 5

If you have never taken a grade exam in this instrument, leave this blank
Marks How many marks did you get? eg. 87/100

If you have never taken a grade exam in this instrument or if you don't know, leave this blank.
Date of next grade exam (if known) If you have a grade exam booked, please let us know when. If you don't know the exact date, you can leave parts of this blank. For instance you could leave the Day field blank and just choose September 2012, or even just 2013 if you're unsure of the month as well.

If you don't have a grade exam coming up for this instrument, leave this field blank.
Grade If you have a grade exam booked, please let us what grade it is for. If you don't have a grade exam coming up for this instrument, leave this field blank.
Do you hold a County Music Award? Do you currently hold a County Music Award in this instrument?
If yes, for how long? If you currently hold a County Music Award, how long have you had it for? If you don't know exactly how long, make an estimate.

Theory

QuestionGuidance Notes
Date of last theory exam passed When did you have your last theory exam? If you don't remember the exact date, you can leave parts of this blank. For instance you could leave the Day field blank and just choose February 1981, or even just 1981 if you're unsure of the month as well.

If you have never taken a theory exam, leave this blank.
Grade What grade did you achieve? eg. 5

If you have never taken a theory exam, leave this blank
Marks How many marks did you get? eg. 87/100

If you have never taken a theory exam or if you don't know, leave this blank.

Experience

QuestionGuidance Notes
Solo performance Please let us know about any solo performances you have done. If you've never performed on your own, leave this blank.
Orchestral / band playing Please let us know about any times that you have played as part of an orchestra or band. If you've never performed in an orchestra or band, leave this blank.
Singing Have you ever sung in a performance? Perhaps as part of a choir or band? Please let us know of any experience you have. If you have no experience of singing, leave this blank.
Chamber music Do you have an experience of performing chamber music? If you haven't, leave this blank.

Further Information

QuestionGuidance Notes
What is your intended career? Do you have any ideas about what you would like to do as a career after you have completed your education?
Please give any further information which you feel is relevant to your application If there is anything else you think we should know about you, please let us know.