The Music course is designed to encourage students to study all styles and genres of music through developing the skills of performing, composing and appraising.
Tapton music department, is a vibrant, busy and exciting place to immerse yourself in the subject and gain expert tuition whilst mixing with like minded people. There are ensembles all through the week. Our lessons are taught in fun, engaging and practical ways and we challenge our pupils to achieve the highest levels. We offer a thorough traditional grounding in theory and techniques and believe in preparing our pupils for the advanced skills required to study music in further education. We are passionate about music - come and join us!
The AQA specification has three components:
- Component 1: Appraising Music (40% of marks) An exam comprising of three sections, Listening (56 marks), Analysis (34 marks), Essay (30 marks) At Tapton we focus on the Weslem Classical music modules plus music for theatre, romantic piano music and 20th century art music.
- Component 2: Performance (30% at AS, 35% at A level) Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrument and/or vocalist and/or music production (50 marks) 10-12 minutes worth of music in total.
- We encourage all students to attend concerts, and offer trips to Derbyshire (Residential Performance Weekend), London (ROH) and Manchester (Bridgewater Hall), as well as performing opportunities within school concerts and the wider community. We have a wide range of weekly ensembles that our students are encouraged to perform in, catering for all instruments and voice.
- Component 3: Composition (30% of marks at AS, 25% od marks at A Level) Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks) and composition 2 Free Composition (25 marks) 4.5-6 minutes worth of music in total.
- Students at Tapton invaribly follow a very individual course of study, depending on the genre in which they wish to compose. Students will use the initial workshops to extend and develop their skills and techniques, and support the development of their ideas. Contextual studies are at the core of our teaching in a very practical way and students will analyse and compare the music of composers within their chosen genre.
- Students will use Sibelius, reason or Cubase software to compose their pieces.
A grade 6 in GCSE Music and/or Grade 5 Theory and Grade 5 in an instrument.
Music is a language and the skills you learn through studying music are relevant to all careers. Universities value and recognise that musical training also has huge benefits for achieving success in all other areas. Music offers many areas of employment and is continually growing and changing, from performing, sound production or music engineering, to musical theatre, music in advertising and composing for Film, TV and Game, as well as arranging.