The A-Level Components are:
40% of A-Level marks
Details: In this component you will study music from the Western Classical Tradition (1650 – 1910) and music from two of the following areas, decided upon by the teacher:
• Pop Music
• Music for Media
• Music for Theatre
• Contemporary Traditional Music
• Art Music since 1910
This knowledge should support the composing and performing activities.
This component is assessed through examination at the end of the course and contains three sections:
• Section A: Listening to unfamiliar music
• Section B: Analysis of studied works
• Section C: Essay based on Areas of Studies
35% of A-Level marks
Details: In this component a minimum of ten minutes of performance is required. The performance can take be as a soloist, part of an ensemble or as a music production using recording techniques.
The work will be recorded in school and that recording will be assessed by AQA examiners.
25% of A-Level marks
Details: In this component you will compose two pieces of music in a style of your choice. One composition will be to a brief set by AQA and the other is a free composition. You will need to write programme notes for both compositions although these notes are not assessed.
The compositions will be assessed by AQA examiners.
You should have a GCSE Music qualification, grade 9 - 5. In addition, grade 5 theory is of great benefit in understanding the course. It would be advisable to be at least grade 4 standard on your main instrument(s).
We sometimes admit students onto the course who have not taken GCSE Music. These students have usually gained a wide experience of performing, composing and listening through out-of-class activities. Each such case is considered on its own merits. Please contact Mr Doubleday if you have enquiries.
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An A level in music may take you into Higher Education, into academic University courses, performance courses linked with other Arts subjects, Songwriting and performance work, Composition courses e.g. Classical, Music Theatre or Film. It is also a useful qualification for entry into combined courses with subjects such as Dance, Drama, English and Languages.
Job possibilities include performing, arts administration, sound/music technology, music in theatre and film, teaching and music therapy. It is also true that many music graduates find success in other areas due to the skills that they acquire and hone during their musical studies.