WHAT IS MUSIC?
Music is a subject for all! It builds your thinking skills and your confidence. Engagement with music at Rochdale Sixth Form College will make you a more rounded individual with the ability to establish yourself as a proper musician.
WHY STUDY THIS COURSE?
If you want to understand the building blocks of music, improve your practical ability, make friends and transform your ability as a composer, you should study music at Rochdale Sixth Form College.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM MUSIC?
A level music is a rigorous course intended for students with a knowledge of western music theory, excellent reading skills and the ability to read western music notation.
HOW IS THE COURSE ASSESSED?
Music at Rochdale Sixth Form College is assessed both formatively and summatively. In terms of formative assessment, you spend a significant portion of your week in close contact with both your classroom and peripatetic music teachers where you will be given regular verbal feedback.
WHO IS THE COURSE SUITABLE FOR?
Music is suitable for students who desire a career in music, or want to study a subject that they are truly passionate about.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH AN A LEVEL IN MUSIC?
A music qualification is a broad qualification from which there are endless options. You could become a music teacher, an academic specialist in composition, performance or musicology. You could also go into fashion and media with a qualification in music because it shows you are in touch with the music scene.
The students who decide to study music after studying it at A level go to performance colleges in the north of England such as RNCM, BIMM and Leeds College of Music.
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.