Music A Level is an exciting course with something for everyone. It 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 – 10minutes 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
You will gain an understanding of how music develops in different social and cultural contexts. The style in the 21st Century is eclectic and has a broad range of influences from jazz to minimalism.
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. However, many Music students also go on to study degrees and apprenticeships in Primary Education, Business & Marketing, English, Modern Foreign Language subjects and many more.
At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 5 in GCSE Music (if studied). You will need to have a minimum standard of grade 5 practical or above on 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.
Former students have supported bands such as The Kooks, Puddle of Mud and Noah & The Whale on tour.