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6. How good do I have to be?

This is a very difficult question to answer. It’s very difficult to describe, either in writing or verbally, the kind of standard we’re looking for. We look for a high standard of musicianship, but we will take your age into account, and we would look for a lot more from someone hoping to do just S6 than we would from someone entering at a younger age. The best thing to do is to come to the Centre for an Advisory Audition with the Director, either at the Open Weekend, or by private arrangement.

It’s important to realise that NCETM does not exist as a panacea for people who can’t get regular lessons at home. Our mission is to take the best young people and make them better, not to plug gaps in instrumental tuition in Scotland. We recruit our 20-odd students from the whole of Scotland, and the auditions are very competitive.

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