Music

(AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in 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 as well as enabling you to
explore a significant set work and an area of study selected to suit your 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 Creative and Performance Faculty 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 A 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.