Music

James Reevell
James Reevell

WHAT IS MUSIC?

Studying Music helps you to extend your knowledge and understanding of a variety of musical styles, genres and forms, whilst also giving you the opportunity to create and develop your own musical ideas and demonstrating and developing your pre-existing skills in performance, interpretation and communication.

WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?

Music is a rewarding subject that allows you to further develop and showcase your creative talents. A-level Music is ideal preparation for study at music college or an academic music degree.

WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM MUSIC?

During the course you will build on your skills in musical performance and composition, working with a range of pieces from different styles and eras. You will acquire a wide range of skills, improving your confidence through performance, working on theoretical skills through musical analysis and expressing your own creativity and musical ideas through composition.

HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?

Assessment is through a combination of examinations and practical coursework.

WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?

If you have a passion for performance, or if your interests lie more in writing music or analysing pieces or songs then this is the course for you. A significant proportion of students choose Music as something they enjoy, furthering both their hobbies and academic study in lesson time.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A-LEVEL IN MUSIC?

Music is a well-regarded academic subject, which is highly regarded by many institutions. It is especially useful for students considering a career or undergraduate studies in any of the performing arts, composition, performance, musical analysis or music teaching.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

The A Level Music course links closely with the different GCSE specifications, allowing for a smooth progression to A Level study. The course is divided into 6 units studied over two years which fall into three ‘strands’.

You will perform a wide range of music as a soloist and as part of an ensemble, gradually building up a repertoire of music, which will be performed as short recitals. To enable our students to achieve their full potential in performance work, we provide the opportunity to focus their instrumental study with free tuition from a specialist tutor. We are able to offer lessons on most instruments including voice and piano, as well as a range of orchestral instruments.

During your study of composition, you will explore a range of composition styles, choosing to specialise in a particular genre and writing to a brief. Your end piece will be 3 minutes long, realised for an ensemble of your choice.

In the final part of the course, you will develop your musical understanding, refining your skills in listening, investigation and analysis. You will listen to a variety of set works from different eras and composers, and you will recognise musical features from each. The unit also has a theoretical aspect; you will learn about harmony and musical devices in relation to your listening and will be required to sit an examination in Summer.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES WITHIN THIS SUBJECT

Music students have the opportunity to participate in additional activities such as deconstructing a popular song and editing elements using a variety of techniques. Music students also have opportunity to participate in a trip to London and attend a range of sessions with a variety of representatives from Higher Education due to the excellent links the department has with universities.

Entry Requirements

  • 5 GCSE grades at A* - C, or 4 – 9, across four separate subjects, to include GCSE Mathematics and/or English/English Language.
  • In addition, a grade C or above in GCSE Music or Grade 5 in Music Theory is required. Along with proficiency (grade 5 or above) on a musical instrument.