Hampshire Hub Scholars

Hampshire Hub Scholars

Hampshire Hub Scholars

Information Pack

Aims and Expectations

This scheme provides opportunities for students who wish to excel in their chosen musical field as instrumentalists, singers or composers. Hampshire Hub Scholars will be able to access music tuition which would otherwise be unavailable to them, either through individual specialist lessons or chamber ensemble coaching.

Successful applicants will be expected to provide feedback on their experiences on an annual basis, and to represent the Hampshire Music Education Hub in both formal and informal performances throughout the academic year.

Who will benefit:

  • Emerging young players, singers and composers who have limited access to specialised tuition and who are committed to developing their expertise to the highest level.
  • Applicants would be expected to be at least Grade 6 standard (or equivalent) in any style of music.
  • Musicians can also apply to be consideredfor inclusion in a chamber group.
  • Established chamber groups / rock groups / small ensembles can also apply for specialised coaching.

How the Scheme will work:


  • Hampshire residents who are in year 11 or below can apply for individual specialist tuition. Successful candidates will be offered tuition of 15 hours across the academic year, for up to a maximum of three years.
  • Hampshire residents who are in full time education and are 18 or under can apply for ensemble coaching. Candidates can apply as a group or can apply to be placed in an ensemble if a suitable opportunity is available, which will be at the discretion of HMS. Successful candidates/ groups will be offered tuition of 15 hours across the academic year, for up to a maximum of three years whilst still in full time education at school or 6th form college.
  • Students studying A-level music courses where specialised tuition is provided are not eligible. In exceptional circumstances ensemble coaching may continue at the discretion of Hampshire Music Service.

The Application Process

  • Application forms can be downloaded form the HMS website: www.hants.gov.uk/hms and need to be returned to HMS.
  • Candidates are asked to complete a Personal Statement detailing their current learning situation, musical achievements,future aspirations and how the Hub Scholar Scheme will benefit them. This is a crucial part of the application so please ensure your commitment is clearly demonstrated through this statement.
  • Your teacher will be contacted by HMS on receipt of your application. They will be asked to provide a supporting statement which will form part of your application.
  • Selected applicants will be invited to audition and will be advised of the audition requirements. Places are limited so not all applicants will necessarily be invited to audition and this may vary from year to year. Feedback for unsuccessful candidates will be provided on request
  • Candidates who are also applying for County groups will only be required to attend one audition which will be held centrally.
  • Candidates can apply to join a Hub Scholar ensemble but instrument/vocal requirements will vary each year and will be selected to form the most viable ensembles.


  • Applicants must be resident in Hampshire and be in full time education
  • Individual tuition scholars must be year 11 or below in the year they apply.
  • Hub Scholars will be offered 15 hours of tuition across the academic year. If a scholar subsequently has tuition funded by an alternative organisation they will no longer be eligible.
  • Scholarships can be offered for a maximum of three years whilst in full time education at school or 6th form college. This will be dependant on a satisfactory annual report by the teacher.
  • Teaching is organised by Hampshire Music Service. Lessons will take place on HCC school / college premises - this may involve travelling to a central location.
  • Applicants should be a committed member of an HMS ensemble.
  • The scholarship will cease after a maximum of three years, or when the holder has left school / college or transferred to a course where tuition is provided.
  • HMS can recall a scholarship if the musical aspirations are not being met or if circumstances have changed so the conditions are no longer met. Scholars and their teachers would be informed in writing.

Examples of Students who might apply:

  • Pupil A is a flute player aged 15 who has group lessons in school for 20 minutes each week in a mixed ability group. A good standard at Stage 6 has been achieved. Pupil A can apply for individual lessons and to take part in an ensemble if a suitable group can be formed from this year’s applicants.
  • Four year 12 pupils play in a rock band. They have played together for several years, reached the finals of several Battle of the Band competitions and are keen to develop their skills. They can apply as an established group for specialised coaching.
  • Pupil B has private classical guitar lessons and has achieved a high standard of playing. However there is limited opportunity to play with other young musicians of a similar standard in school. Pupil B would be an ideal candidate to apply to be placed in a scholar ensemble.

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