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

Applications for the 2023 Program 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.

The GATE Music Specialist program is aimed at students with demonstrated experience and a passion to further their Music studies.

Carey’s highly respected Music Department offers Music 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 (W.A. Academy of Performing Arts), U.W.A. School of Music and the James Morrison Academy, with many Carey Music students accepted into these tertiary institutions following graduation from Carey.

Features of the Carey Music Specialist Program

The GATE Music Specialist students are streamed into a Specialist group as part of their Performing Arts Music elective and are required to attend an after school ensemble/class one day per week.

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.

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

Instrumental Tuition

Tuition is available in the following: 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.

The Year 7 Program

As part of the Year 7 program, GATE students are also able to participate in a range of other extension activities including:
Music: Carey offers an extensive co-curricular ensemble program, including Contemporary, Jazz and Western Art bands, a choir and vocal ensembles.
Extension Classes: Extension classes in English. Maths, Science and Humanities develop inquiry-based learning and include enrichment activities and competitions.
Education Perfect: An online platform used in English, Science and Languages.
Languages: Students are able to choose to study ONE of Indonesian, Japanese or Mandarin.
Year 7 Electives: Students can choose from a range of Technology subjects, from Food and Nutrition to Product Design. In the Arts, students will experience both Visual and Media Arts.
STEM Electives: Year 7 STEM electives are available to all students. These are Coding and Aviation, which incorporate design thinking and project-based learning.
Extra-Curricular Program: Carey offers a range of extra-curriculum activities, including participation in ACC competitions and carnivals; Specialist Basketball and Soccer in Year 9 and 10; Carey Jewels Cheer and Pom; and a biennial College Musical/Drama production.


If selected, students will sit a HAST Aptitude Test which is produced by the Australian Council for Educational Research and used by over 100 Secondary schools in Australia and Internationally.

Equal weighting is given to an audition which takes place on a Saturday following the test (date to be confirmed). This comprises two contrasting pieces of the student’s own choosing, sight-reading, an 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.

Scholarships are awarded to the highest performing students on the basis of academic merit and musical ability, based on their applications, HAST Test results and Musical Audition. The continuation of the scholarship will depend on the student’s positive conduct, academic progress and their contribution to the music program. 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.

Achieving a GATE Music Specialist scholarship gives students the confidence to pursue other goals. It is important for students to recognise their potential early in their academic career so that they can foster its growth. Participating in classes with other gifted and talented students motivates and extends them.

How to Apply

Applications are now closed for 2023.

For further information regarding the GATE Music Specialist scholarship, application or selection process, please contact Mr R. Stirling – Assistant Principal at

Application Timeline

Applications Close: Thursday 24 March 2022 | 4pm
Test Invitations emailed: Monday 4 April 2022
HAST Test Date: Saturday 7 May 2022 | 9am
Music Audition Date: Saturday 14 May 2022
Round 1 Offers: Emailed Monday 30 May
Round 2 Offers: Emailed From mid-June