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How to join

To take MEP, students must pass the MEP selection exercise. Learn more about the selection process and enrolment paths.

Selection exercise

Interested students must pass the selection exercise that requires some experience and competence in:

  • Instrumental performance or singing (for example, learning an instrument in school CCA or school-based Music programme). Student must be able to display basic fluency and sound fundamental techniques.
  • Listening and evaluating music.

Components of the selection exercise are:

Listening Test

Listen to 8 – 10 short musical extracts, taken from a range of musical traditions, and respond to 25 MCQ questions.

The scope of the questions will include the identification or description of the following:

  • Melody (for example, accidentals, articulation, contour, melodic devices, phrase structure and mood)
  • Tonality (major and minor keys up to 1 sharp and flat), pentatonic mode
  • Harmony (chords I and V)
  • Rhythm (for example, dotted rhythms, syncopations, triplets, rhythmic devices)
  • Time Signature (simple and compound duple, triple and quadruple)
  • Tempo
  • Instrumentation or tone colour (description of tone colours of musical instruments from western and non-western traditions, families of instruments, and how they are played)
  • Texture (for example, call and response, monophony, unison, homophony, polyphony), and functions of musical layers
  • Dynamics and Expression (for example, loud/soft, performing decisions)
  • Form or Structure (for example, binary, ternary, rondo, verse and chorus)

Perform 2 contrasting solo pieces on an instrument (for example, piano, trumpet, gambus, erhu, sitar) or voice, lasting no longer than 5 minutes in total.

Compositions / Songs (Optional)

Applicants who have composed music could upload their scores and/or recordings as part of their online application.


Share musical aspirations and interests with a panel of music teachers.

Selection in a MEP school or MEP Centre

  • MEP School
  • MEP Centre

Find out what the programme is and where to take it.