NTU Music Scholarship

These scholarships give you the opportunity to continue developing your musical talents, alongside your academic studies.

An NTU Music Scholarship provides you with paid vocal or instrumental tuition from one of our expert tutors. We offer tuition for voice, piano, strings, brass, guitar, bass, percussion, drums, and woodwind.

Our scholarships are not for a set duration and we may award music tuition for a number of months, a full academic year, or up to the length of your course.

Can I apply?

You can apply for an NTU Music Scholarships if you:

  • have received, or firmly accepted, an offer to join an NTU undergraduate or postgraduate degree course starting in September 2018 or January 2019; or
  • are currently enrolled on an NTU undergraduate or postgraduate degree course.

You also must be:

  • a vocalist who has studied to Grade 6 or 7 standard; or
  • an instrumentalist who has studied to Grade 7 or 8 standard.

How do I apply?

If you are hoping to join NTU in September 2019 or January 2020, you can apply for an NTU Music Scholarship once you have received your course offer.

If you live in the UK you should complete our NTU Music Scholarship application formPDF icon and send it to us by email. Remember to indicate on the form which audition date you would like to come to.

  • Saturday 23 March 2019

This date coincides with an NTU Undergraduate Open Day. If you receive your course offer after Saturday 23 March or are not available on this date, email us and we'll arrange an individual audition appointment for you.

All auditions take place in the NTU Music Centre on our City Campus and last no more than 20 minutes. You will audition in front of a panel chaired by the Director of Music.

You will sing or play two contrasting pieces (a maximum of ten minutes combined), followed by a short interview about your music experience.

If you live outside the UK you should complete our NTU Music Scholarship application formPDF icon and send it to us by email

Remember to include links to video uploads of you performing two contrasting pieces of music (a maximum of ten minutes combined) which we will use instead of an audition. Your videos should be uploaded to YouTube.

If you are a current NTU student please email us for more information about how to apply, and when auditions are being held.

Is there a deadline to apply?

Applications for our music scholarships are open all year round, but we would encourage you to apply early as scholarships are limited.

  • Prospective students - apply as soon as possible after you receive your course offer.
  • Current NTU students - apply at the start of the academic year.

What is expected of me? 

If you are awarded a scholarship we expect you to join at least one of NTU's ensembles, and show full commitment to this and your music tuition.

NTU Accompanist Scholarship

The Accompanist Scholarship will be offered to one or possibly two students every year.

Structure of the scholarship

  • The scholarship is open to all pianists who are of at least a Grade 8 standard.
  • The award lasts for one academic year and students are allowed to re-audition every year if they wish.
  • Accompanist tuition with the University's accompanist will be given.

The audition
All auditions take place at the NTU Music Centre located on the City Campus.

The audition takes place in front of a panel chaired by the Director of Music and will last for a maximum of 20 minutes.

At each audition, the candidate is asked to play a piece to demonstrate their ability to the panel. Following this the candidate will be given a piece of music to sight-read, which will accompany either a vocalist or instrumentalist.

After each candidate has performed, a short interview will take place where the candidate will be asked about their musical experience and their insights into what they think they can offer the University musically.

The candidate would be required to play in Chamber Choir and Choir rehearsals as required, and also at lunchtime recitals as necessary.

Other information
Scholarships are offered based on the audition and interview. The decision of the panel is final.

Music competitions

An instrumental and vocal competition will be held once every year in front of an adjudicator and audience.

  • The separate competitions would be open to any student studying at NTU.
  • Depending on how many applicants apply each year, there may be preliminary rounds before the final.
  • Competitors must offer a programme with a minimum of two contrasting pieces, and it must not last any longer than ten minutes.

A certificate will be presented to the first, second and third prize winners, and a cash prize of £100, £50 and £30 will be given respectively. The adjudicator's decision is final.

Alumni Instrumental Award

We present this award in association with the NTU Alumni Association. We will award an instrument of a professional level to a student who we feel is performing to an extremely high standard. The student will keep the instrument for the duration of their course and will be expected to contribute to a musical ensemble.

This is an auditioned award in front of a panel – for more information, please contact us by email.

Got a question?

For more information about any of our scholarships or awards please email or call +44 (0)115 848 4570, or visit the Music Centre.

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