What kind of preparation can I do for Music at Robinson?

Applicants should be the kind of people who play, sing and listen to music whenever possible, not just in the background, but really getting to know it. They should be interested to find out about music from a range of different periods and to fill gaps in their knowledge by exploring in their own time, for pleasure.

My A Level syllabus doesn’t include much training in harmony and counterpoint or aural skills. Does this matter?

At Robinson we are aware that A Level syllabuses vary widely in content, and therefore we are aware that many applicants may have had little or no training in harmony and counterpoint or aural skills. We ask applicants to prepare themselves as best they can to harmonise a chorale melody and write a few bars of two-part writing (melody and bass), but we make every effort to take into consideration what kind of preparation they have had for this. Applicants are also recommended to practise playing simple cadences at the piano and recognising simple intervals and cadences by ear. But above all, they should play and listen to lots of music, and find out everything they can about it.

Updated March 2014