Vivienne Durham: If your daughter is exceptionally talented, you should consider specialist schools
Congratulations on having a musically talented daughter. Not only will you have the pleasure of listening to your daughter perform, some experts believe that children who learn to read music and play a musical instrument have stronger academic attainment than their non-musical peers.
Being a member of an orchestra (or choir) will help your daughter make new friends in her next school, too.
Schools often indicate on the admissions area of their websites the music scholarships and awards that are available. The financial value of such music awards will vary considerably.
Some schools will offer musical tuition rather than remission of fees, for example. Do check with the school bursary department whether you would be eligible for a bursary to assist with school fees, in addition to any music scholarship your daughter might be awarded.
Both HMC (hmc.org.uk) and GSA (gsa.uk.com). offer information about financial assistance, including music scholarships, in independent senior schools. If your daughter is exceptionally talented, you might want to consider specialist music schools (gov.uk/music-dance-scheme).
Music-based scholarships in major schools can be very competitive. Some schools will stipulate the minimum grade required for music scholarship applicants in either voice or one or more instruments – or both.