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Music A Level is a stimulating and enriching choice. The course builds on previously acquired skills at GCSE as it expects pupils to experience the three main musical disciplines of performing, composing, and appraising. During the course, pupils will develop performance skills, learn about music history, analysis and composition. During the composition process, an ability to understand how music ‘works’ will be fostered. In addition pupils will appreciate music as a creative achievement and as a reflection of the times in which it was created. Pupils will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying selections from a broad range of set works and a programme of wider listening. During this time, the ability to see how compositions work on a technical and emotional level will be developed. Works are grouped into six areas  of study: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, New Directions. Pupils should aim to be at least Grade 6 on their chosen instrument – a short recital will be required at the end of the course lasting at least 8 minutes and pupils should present a programme of balanced works. As an A level, Music provides an excellent basis for higher education courses in Music; it is also a highly respected by universities as it develops lifelong learning skills, logic skills, creativity and self-discipline.

Pupils will:

  • Develop an appreciation of a wide range of musical styles.
  • Be able to locate major musical works in the context in which they were created.
  • Develop composition skills as free composition and in response to a ‘brief’.
  • Develop skills as performers and prepare for recitals.


course specification