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Music

What will I study?

This is a wide ranging A Level course which is designed to appeal both to potential University orMusicCollegestudents and to students who simply enjoy music, giving scope for the development of individual interests and aptitudes.  The course covers, and gives insight into a spectrum of musical styles and genres.

The music syllabus has been designed to allow you to follow a rounded course with a balance of prescribed and self-selected music which enables you to reflect your enthusiasm and to work to your strengths.  It involves the study of a wide range of music and of performing, composing, analysis and techniques.

How will I be assessed?

AS level

Unit 1 (G351) 'Performing' (40%) consists of a short recital with a varied programme of music and either a performance in ensemble or on a second instrument with a briefviva voce

Unit 2 (G352) 'Composing' (30%) consists of a coursework portfolio of composition technique exercises and one free composition lasting approximately three minutes

Unit 3 (G353) 'Introduction to Historical Study' (30%) has a final examination which includes both a listening test and a written paper based on areas of study and prescribed works; three orchestral pieces and three jazz classics

 

A2 level

Unit 4 (G354) 'Performing' (40%) a recital of between 12 and 15 minutes with a selected focus area of your choice and a preparedviva voceof approximately five minutes

Unit 5 (G355) 'Composing' (30%) a portfolio to include a vocal composition either a free composition or a series of stylistic harmony exercises

Unit 6 (G356) 'Historical and Analytical Studies' (30%) a listening paper with examples of unfamiliar music drawn from a studied period of twentieth century vocal composition and a written paper on a selected area of study.

 

Desirable requirements

You should have a real love of and interest in music, with a performing standard of at least Grade 5, and a willingness to be involved in extra-curricular activities.  Grade A at GCSE is the norm together with Grade 5 theory, but neither is essential.

How will I study?

The course is taught by Boys' Division staff, but there are close links with the Girls' Division for extra-curricular music.

Where will it lead?

Music is one of the country's success 'industries' - apart from teaching and performing, study of music can lead to recording and media work, arts administration and a wide variety of careers outside music.  For those not interested in following a music based career it is an A Level course which can be used as a qualification for university entrance.