Music

A Level

REASONS TO STUDY THIS COURSE

Excellent preparation for further study in Music and a career in the music industry as a performer, composer or musicologist.

Expand your awareness of the features of different musical styles including Popular, Jazz, Baroque, Classical and Music for Media.

Develop your knowledge of music theory, listening skills, musical analysis and composition skills.

Increase your understanding of performance practice and improve your technical skill on your instrument or voice.

 

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

You will explore a wide range of musical scores and recordings using software such as Cubase, Sibelius, Auralia and Musition. Music, analysis, score reading abilities and listening skills. Focus on performance technique and interpreting the performance details of your chosen pieces. Learn to wield advanced compositional techniques by studying a variety of key styles, composers and pieces.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

In Performance, you will develop a chosen repertoire through regular feedback and targets for progression every half term, culminating in a six-minute recording at the end of the year (30%).

Two compositions totaling 4½ minutes (30%).

An exam (40%), testing listening and analysis skills as well as knowledge and understanding of musical works.

 

PROGRESSION

Study music performance or composition, or a popular, classical or jazz music degree. Study at university or at a music conservatoire such as the RNCM and Leeds College of Music. Career options including performer, composer, musical director, teacher and music critic.