Music

Why choose Music?

Music A level provides an excellent all-round education in the varied aspects of music-making. Skill areas cover performing and composing as well as aural, harmony and historical analysis. It is a creative subject which provides opportunities to work in your own preferred styles, whilst retaining a focus on traditional Western classical music. The course has a large coursework element which enables you to work at length and in detail on your coursework submissions. Practical music-making is integral to the course; solo and/or ensemble playing is required so you must be having regular lessons with a suitably qualified professional on your main instrument or voice. Within the department there is an excellent and varied extracurricular programme including the following groups: brass ensemble, chamber choir, College choir, folk/roots group, jazz choir, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra and wind orchestra. You are required to be part of at least two of these groups. Instrumental award ensembles are given coaching by professional musicians and there are regular extension events including trips to concerts/operas, workshops, careers talks, university talks and concert tours.
 
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Music A level provides an excellent foundation for further study of music (either at a conservatoire or university) and it is a highly regarded academic subject.

You will receive weekly lessons in the different skills of the course: aural, history, harmony and composition. There will also be coursework performance assessments and it is vital that you are having lessons at least once a fortnight on your main instrument or voice with a suitably qualified teacher. Each skill is likely to have a weekly homework assignment set, although in composition this will become a longer coursework project.

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade B in Music and Grade 5 in an instrument or voice, and basic keyboard skills. Strong musicians without GCSE Music will be considered.

Awarding Body

Edexcel

Units of Study

AS Level

Music - Unit 1

Performing - you will be assessed in solo and/or ensemble performance (5-6 minutes).

Music - Unit 2

Composing - you will be assessed in composition and in writing about your composition.

Music - Unit 3

Analysing: your understanding of harmony, theory, history and aural will be assessed.

A2 Level

Music - Unit 4

Performing - you will be assessed in solo and/or ensemble performance (12-15 minutes).

Music - Unit 5

Composing - you will be assessed in composition and/or harmony.

Music - Unit 6

Analysing: your understanding of history and aural will be assessed.