The A Level qualification in Music will develop your practical, creative and analytical skills.
Over the two years you will develop a repertoire of solo and ensemble performances on your chosen instrument or instruments. These can be in any style and from any period of music. This is designed to showcase your talent as a performer so should represent the most challenging pieces you can play.
Composition focuses again on your chosen area of expertise with the opportunity to compose in any style or tradition. Additionally you will be asked to complete a composition to a set brief. For this we explore the Chorale and harmony writing of Bach.
An A Level in Music allows you to engage with some of the most interesting works form the History of Music, as well as focusing on Pop and Jazz musicians form the 20th and 21st centuries. In exploring the Western Classical Tradition you will discover Mozart’s Operas, The piano music of the Romantic era and Baroque Concertos. Beyonce, Muse and Stevie Wonder form the basis of our Pop Music studies as well as Jazz standards from the 1920’s to the present day.
Students wishing to study Music but who did not study GCSE Music, will be considered providing they can demonstrate competency on their chosen instrument.
Performing – 35% of the Qualification
Composing – 25% of the Qualification
Listening Exam – 40% of the Qualification with aural and essay writing elements based on the set works.
An A Level in Music provides a sound basis for students wishing to proceed to Higher Education courses in Music or Performing Arts. It can lead to careers in teaching, performing, composition as well as related areas in publishing and media. Completing a qualification in music not only demonstrates academic, practical and creative skills but also highlight your qualities of self-discipline and commitment.