Director of Music: Mrs E J Lashbrook
Why choose Music at A level?
If Music is your passion, this A Level course is ideal for you!
The GCE Advanced Level courses are designed to be stimulating and enriching for all students. The course is excellent preparation for higher education courses in Music, but is equally as valuable for non-specialists as a 2nd or 3rd subject.
What does the Music course involve?
At both AS and A2 levels, students experience all three main musical disciplines of performing, composing and listening and understanding.
- Students will develop their performance skills by playing solo pieces or performing within an ensemble.
- Students will develop their composing skills through composition and technical exercises.
- Students will develop their aural and analytical skills by studying a selection of set musical works ranging from Baroque instrumental music, to Musicals and Britpop.
How will I study?
The teaching of the subject is in small groups, which allows for individual attention at all times to help and motivate students. Lessons are divided between music history, theory, harmony, analysis, composition and performance.
How will I be assessed?
|1. Performing Music||AS||A 5-6 minute assessed performance, either as a soloist or part of a group.||30%|
|2. Composing Music||AS||A 3 minute composition written to a brief. Produced in controlled conditions within school.||30%|
|3. Developing Musical Understanding||AS||A 2 hour examination paper set and marked by the board.||40%|
|4. Extended Performance||A2||A 12-15 minute program of music performed as a soloist or part of a group.||30%|
|5. Composition and Technical Study||A2||2 compositions or technical studies to be completed in controlled conditions within school.||30%|
|6. Further Musical Understanding||A2||A 2 hour examination paper set and marked by the board.||40%|
What qualifications do I need to start the course?
A high GCSE grade is a good preparation, but a suitable candidate may start the course (and has done on several occasions in the past) without this qualification (subject to the approval of the Director of Music.) Students should be aware that performing skills need to be at the standard of Grade 5 for AS Level and Grade 6 for A2 level at the time of assessment.
Knowledge of music theory is an advantage and all students will be expected to work towards Grade 5 theory if they have not already done so.
With what other subjects does Music fit?
Music fits with all other A level subjects – Arts, Humanities and Science. Nationally, students who take music often also take other Arts subjects, English Literature, Electronics and Media Studies. There is also a strong link between Music and Maths. Even if you hope to have a career in other areas, like science or business, Music is a great way to develop your creativity.
What can I do at University with an A level in Music?
There are many different types of Music courses offered at University level. These range from Music History or Performance to the study of Jazz and Popular Music. There are also a range of technology based courses, such as Sound Engineering, Music Technology, Acoustics and TV & Video Production. Universities are often keen to offer places to musicians as they value the contributions that students can make to extra-curricular activities.
How will an A level in Music help me in my future life and career?
What’s your dream? The GCE Music A Level gives you a strong foundation for higher education and a career composing or performing music; or to work in the music industry for TV, radio or film companies. You could be a music teacher, or even use your musical skills and knowledge in other careers, such as event management or leisure/tourism. Music is the universal language, so your career could take you anywhere.