Music

WHAT DOES THE COURSE INVOLVE?

A-level Music is an exciting course which enables you to extend your knowledge and understanding of music, to create and develop your own musical ideas and to demonstrate
technical, interpretative and communication skills through performing music. This course helps you to develop aural, theoretical and analytical skills and enables them to
explore a significant set work and an area of study selected to suit their preferences. You can choose to study compositional techniques, to create music which draws on your own experience and enthusiasm or to arrange a given piece of music. In your performances, you can present solo and ensemble pieces and work with music technology.
The course is flexible enough to suit a variety of musical tastes and it is possible to create your own path though composition and performance work.

WHAT QUALIFICATIONS DO I NEED?

It is highly desirable for you to have studied music at GCSE. If you have not studied Music before you should arrange to meet with the Head of Music to discuss this. As long as you are a
competent musician, with a sound grasp of music theory and various musical forms and styles, the AS/A2 level course could also be suitable for you. A very important quality for all those wishing to embark on this course, however, is a genuine interest in ALL musical styles, forms and periods. It is expected that you will engage in listening to music on a regular basis and that you will be involved in a number of extra-curricular musical opportunities. Grade 5 or equivalent standard in your chosen instrument is recommended in terms of performance work.

EQUIPMENT

The facilities of the School music centre will be available to you, including practice rooms, acoustic and electronic instruments, recording facilities and computer-based composing, sequencing and notation software.

Assessment

Appraising music (listening, analysis and essay) 40%
Performance (solo, ensemble as instrumentalist or vocalist and/or music production) 35%
Composition ( composition to brief/free composition) 25%

FUTURE PROSPECTS

This course provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to music-related and other careers. It encourages students to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work.