A Level Music

Why Study Music?

Music is a highly regarded academic subject and is held in high esteem by both universities and employers; they know that musicians are dedicated, intelligent, creative and good at working in groups. Music is also a practical subject; students often develop their musicianship equally outside the music classroom through taking part in ensembles, practising their instrument and performing in concerts. Music A Level students appraise music of different styles, explore a variety of composing techniques and become fully involved in the musical life of the school which helps them to develop their musicianship, technical ability and confidence.

What are the Career Opportunities?

Music A Level can lead to higher education courses and careers in both Music and Music Technology. In recent years, several of our students have gone on to study Music and Performance degrees before pursuing successful careers in the music industry.  Musicians have a large number of transferrable skills which can lead to the following areas: solo/orchestral/chamber performing; composing; recording and producing; song-writing; television and radio; audio engineering; arts administration; education and music therapy.

Course Outline and Assessment

During the course, students will perform to each other and larger audiences. We have excellent Music Technology and recording facilities which enable students to compose using the software that will bring out their best creativity. A Level Music students go on trips to concerts in London and the local community to broaden their musical horizons and support their musical learning. Students will also learn about a broad range of musical styles and contexts; by the end of the course they will have studied the context and stylistic features of: vocal and instrumental music from across different musical time periods; music for film; popular music and jazz; fusions; and new directions.

Assessment: Performing: 35%, Composing: 25%, Appraising: 40%

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