This is an exciting and enriching course which is well respected by universities and other higher education establishments. The course allows you stretch your musical skills to explore a variety of different musical styles through performing, composing and listening appreciation tasks.
What will I do on this course?
A level Music is a mix of creative, practical, academic and analytical skills. It is suitable for those students who wish to extend the skills acquired at GCSE and for musicians who have achieved grade 5 on their chosen instruments.
You will compose, listen to and analyse a wide variety of music from 1600 to the present day. All students need to be dedicated musicians as performance contributes as a significant part of the course.
You will learn how to:
• Analyse a piece of music in detail
• Write music effectively using 4 part harmony
• Compose music to a given brief
• Construct a varied performance programme
• Rehearse effectively
What skills do I need?
• You should be at least Grade 5 standard at the start of the course.
• Enjoy composing and performing
• to be willing to demonstrate determination and commitment throughout
all areas of the course
The course will be assessed in the following areas;
Performance: In your first year you will perform pieces on an instrument (or instruments) of your choice. By the end of Y13, your performance recital should last for a minimum of 8 minutes.
Composition: In both years you will compose two pieces, one will be in a style of your own choice/ or to a set brief and the second will be composed for one of the four briefs assessing technique set by the exam board in Y13. Both compositions need to last for a combined total of 6 minutes.
Listening & Appraising: In each year you will study a selection of pieces which you will be asked about in an external listening examination. The genres you will study this year include; Film Music, Instrumental Music, Popular Music and Jazz, Vocal Music, Fusions and New Direction.
Number Timing Percentage of final mark
Listening exam 1 May, Year 11 40%
Compositing 2 Continuous in Year 10/11 30%
Performance 2 Continuous Year 10/11 30%
GCSE Music – grade 5 or BTEC - Merit as well as the ability to play an instrument to a high level (G5 or higher).
There are many careers that lead on from A level Music such as:
Peripatetic teaching, Sound Engineer, Solo Performer, Music Teacher, Instrumentalist,
Music production, Session Musician, Composer, Song Writer, Disc Jockey
Universities and employers are frequently impressed by students who have studied A level Music due to the range of skills it can demonstrate such as organisation, reliability, commitment, creativity and self-discipline