Music A Level

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Why choose Music A-Level?

The course is aimed at those with a serious interest in music, and well developed practical skills. It involves written, theory and aural work, in addition to composition and performance. If you are interested in exploring the techniques behind the music of composers as diverse as Mozart, Berlioz and Stravinsky, then this is the course for you. Your skill as a performer can contribute 35% of your overall marks.

Resources & Facilities

  • Subsidised peripatetic lessons for A Level Music students on most instruments
  • Sixteen PCs running Cubase and Sibelius
  • A purpose-built practice, rehearsal and recording suite
  • Time is available for rehearsing of individual and group pieces
  • A recently restored Steinway Concert Grand Piano

Teaching and Learning Styles

  • Analysis of a wide range of scores and recordings
  • Variety of tasks to complete, including stylistic composition using the musical language of Mozart and Haydn and instrumental composition
  • Assessment of practical music skills
  • Opportunity of entry for Associated Board Practical and Theory exams

Extra-curricular Activities

  • Annual musical production with a College band
  • Opportunities for ensemble performance and recording
  • The Performing Arts Academy which puts on two productions a year including a large scale musical with a band drawn from College students and an end of year showcase

Assessment

  • Music History - Listening and writing will be examined
  • Composition - Coursework
  • Performance - Practical examination
Grace ShepherdNunnery Wood High SchoolMusicI am studying Music because my lifelong ambition is to become a professional musician. I’m also taking Maths and English Literature. Music and Maths have interesting connections; both can be described as the study of patterns. English Literature helps with the essay writing aspect of Music. I love studying Music, as it’s always been my passion - it doesn’t feel like work to me. I also take part in chamber music, jazz band, and extra music theory at College, which deepens my musical understanding. Outside of College I am leader of Worcestershire Youth Orchestra and String Orchestra.I plan to study Music either at the Royal Academy or at a Conservatoire when I leave College.

Grace Shepherd

Music - Nunnery Wood High School
I am studying Music because my lifelong ambition is to become a professional musician. I’m also taking Maths and English Literature. Music and Maths have interesting connections; both can be described as the study of patterns. English Literature helps with the essay writing aspect of Music. I love studying Music, as it’s always been my passion - it doesn’t feel like work to me. I also take part in chamber music, jazz band, and extra music theory at College, which deepens my musical understanding. Outside of College I am leader of Worcestershire Youth Orchestra and String Orchestra.I plan to study Music either at the Royal Academy or at a Conservatoire when I leave College.

Special Course Requirements

Students must be able to read treble and bass clef fluently and know their key signatures up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. Grade 5 theory highly desirable.

Progression Opportunities

Many universities offer degrees in Music with a wide variety of specialisms including composition, historical studies and performance. The specialist Music colleges also offer great opportunities for outstanding performers. Many institutions now offer courses in popular and commercial music, including television and film.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
MusicGCSE Music at grade 4 or above or equivalent. Grade 4 or above on instrument or voice.Grade 5 theoryEssential to read treble and bass clef. Essential to recognise keys up to four sharps and four flatsOptional visits/workshops – approx. £30

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