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Music A Level offers the opportunity to analyse, perform and compose in a variety of different styles, from Western Classical symphonic music to Glam Rock, developing the skills, confidence and music theory needed to progress into the Music Industry.
In the Performance Unit, you will present between 6 – 12 minutes of performance work from a minimum of two different pieces in a contrasting portfolio, either as a solo performer or as part of an ensemble. These pieces must be a minimum of Grade 5 Standard (certification not essential). However, additional marks are available for pieces of Grade 6-8 standard. This is a practical unit that will culminate in a recital performed to a visiting examiner.
In the coursework unit, you will complete between 4.5 – 10 minutes of composition from a minimum of two compositions. Composition one is completely free and can be in any chosen style from folk to heavy metal and composition two is a technical exercise with a given brief in the Western Classical Tradition.
You will analyse the Development of the Symphony (1750-1900), studying Haydn’s Symphony No. 104 and Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4. You will gain an understanding of how musical elements are used in Rock & Pop, from structure to studio techniques.
You will gain an understanding of how music develops in different social and cultural contexts.
Many of our students have gained places at top Music institutions, including RNCM, Birmingham Conservatoire, Leeds College of Music and BIMM, as well as Huddersfield University, Salford University and Bangor University.
Many students go onto Music related degrees such as Performance, Composition and even Acoustics.
At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 6 in GCSE Music (if studied). You will need to have a minimum standard of grade 5 practical or above in your instrument. The ability to read and understand written musical notation in at least two different clefs is essential.
Music Technology (Production) or (Performing), Modern Foreign Languages, Business Studies, English, Musical Theatre, Performing Arts, History, Media Studies, Maths and Physics.
The world’s most expensive musical instrument, a Stradivarius violin was sold in 2011 for $15.9 million.