Gifted and Talented Pathway (GATE)
Music Selective Program and Scholarships

Applications are now closed.


We are proud to have one of the best Music Programs and Facilities in Western Australia, staffed by tutors and educators that are respected nationally for shaping outstanding musicians.

Our highly respected Music Department offers education in a variety of genres, including Contemporary Popular Music, Western Art/Classical Music, Jazz Music and Musical Theatre.

Students participate in a variety of music ensembles and bands, and are provided with multiple opportunities to perform during the year – on-site, across Perth and Western Australia, and in National Competitions.

Carey Baptist College has active connections with WAAPA (Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts), UWA Conservatorium of Music and the James Morrison Academy, with many of our Music students accepted into these tertiary institutions for their graduation.

Instruments Available:
Piano, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar, Electric Bass, Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Percussion, Drum Set and Voice.

About the Program

The Gifted and Talented Music Specialist pathway provides students with the opportunity to participate in Music in Year 7 and continue in the program until the end of Year 10. In Year 11 and 12, students can continue with Music as an ATAR subject.

The Music Specialist students are streamed into a Specialist group as part of their Performing Arts elective; and are required to attend an after-school ensemble/band one day per week. Students in this program will participate in the full Year 7 program and can also be a part of the STEM program.

Entrance to this selective program and the awarding of scholarships is based on the performance in an aptitude test and an audition. The test is produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research and used by over 100 Secondary schools in Australia and internationally. The student’s Year 5 NAPLAN results and most recent school report are also taken into account as part of the selection process.

Equal weighting is given to an audition which takes place the week following the test. This comprises two contrasting pieces of the student’s own choosing, sight-reading, aural test and a brief interview. The minimum level of musical standard expected for the scholarship applicant is AMEB Grade 2 or similar. It is not necessary that a formal qualification has been attained to apply for this program.


Scholarship recipients will be required to: 

  • Maintain a high level of achievement in their chosen field of music study;
  • Select the classroom Music Specialist elective until the end of Year 10;
  • Be a member of instrumental/vocal ensembles;
  • Be fully supportive of, and contribute to, the musical life of the College. Scholarships are awarded for the remainder of the time the student attends the College.

Scholarship recipients will be reviewed annually.

Successful students will be offered the following scholarships:

First Round Offers: 75% deduction of academic tuition fees for the remainder of their schooling at Carey Baptist College.

Second Round Offers: 50% deduction of academic tuition fees for the remainder of their schooling at Carey Baptist College.

Students will be required to participate in weekly instrumental music lessons, which incur a tuition fee (these lessons can either be with Carey music tutors or with existing external tutors). Instrumental hire fees are not included in the scholarship, but may be arranged through the College if the student does not have their own instrument.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed.

Additional Information

    • Applications must be received by 4pm on the closing date of Monday 6 April. Late applications will not be accepted.
    • Applicants for the GATE Music Specialist Program are required to participate in an audition as well as an academic entrance test.
    • Testing is held in Year 6 for entrance in Year 7 2021.
    • Parents will be notified by email on Wednesday 8 April if their child has been invited to sit the HAST academic entrance test.
    • The test has been produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research and is used by over 100 Secondary schools across Australia and internationally.
    • The test date is Saturday 2 May in Building J, Carey Baptist College, 51 Wright Road Harrisdale. The test commences at 9am.
    • Places will be offered on the basis of test scores, the documents attached to the application and an audition (for Music Program applicants) that takes place on Saturday 9 May.
    • If selected, your child will be offered a place at Carey Baptist College and a scholarship, subject to an interview with the Principal. Please note that there is a payment of an enrolment fee of $250 at the acceptance of external enrolments.
    • All other costs, levies and charges outside of the Scholarship are the responsibility of the parents.
    • Students can apply for the Music Specialist Program, STEM GATE Program and the Academic Excellence Scholarship, but if successful will only be awarded one scholarship.
    • Scholarship recipients will be reviewed annually.
    • Music Specialist Scholarship recipients must take classroom Music Specialist electives at least until the end of Year 10 (Music Program only).
    • Music Specialist Scholarship recipients must be a member of instrumental/vocal ensembles and be fully supportive of, and contribute to, the musical life of the College.

Audition Requirements

For candidates successfully shortlisted, a 20-minute audition will require the candidate to present:

  • 2 contrasting pieces of the candidates own choice;
  • Sight-reading;
  • Aural tests;
  • Interview with the Audition panel.

Shortlisted applicants are welcome to provide their own accompanist at their expense.

Application Timeline – 2021 Program

Information Session
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Applications Close
Mon 6 April – 4pm

Test Invitations Emailed
Wed 8 April

Test Date
Sat 2 May – 9am

Audition Date
Sat 9 May

Places Offered
Week commencing Mon 25 May