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Why Study Music?

When you study A level music you will get to know in real depth a vast amount of music that you wouldn’t otherwise have encountered. You will listen to this music so much that you will understand at a deep level how it works, you will learn to appreciate it and actually love it. Getting to know these wonderful works of Art can be a source of great joy and satisfaction in your life. Music is a special part of the world that adds something really beautiful to your life and you will get this from studying music A level.

Ed Watkins
Head of Music

About the Course

The Music course is designed to give students the knowledge, skills and experience to perform and create music throughout their lives.

Engagement with music, in its many forms, is one of the great joys of life: building social bonds, fulfilling man’s desire to create and sharing with others through the performance of inspired works of musical art. The course offers you the opportunity to specialise in either performance or composition. Performance At the end of the course you will perform 10 minutes of music. This can be solo or in an ensemble and the new specification also allows the performance to be completed as a music production module. You will develop your performance skills through instrumental/singing lessons, participating in the school’s ensembles and taking part in concerts such as the springtime Cabaret concerts. Composition This section of the course is split between a ‘techniques of composition’ task, similar to the GCSE Creative Task, and a free composition. You will work on composition using Sibelius and Logic in the school’s iMac suite. To provide the best education possible in composition and production we will also be offering an EPQ in Music Composition/ Production. Please see page 23 for more information.

Listening and Analysis You will develop breadth and depth in your knowledge and understanding of music. AQA offer a range of topics covering inspired music from a variety of traditions. The exam is split between an aural skills section, analysis of set works and an essay on an area of study. Three areas of study will be chosen from the following list: Western Classical Tradition 1650-1901 (compulsory) Pop Music Music for Media Music for Theatre Jazz Contemporary Traditional Music Art Music since 1910.

Examination Board

AQA (7272)

Course Structure

  • Unit 1 Composition
  • Unit 2 Performance
  • Unit 3 Listening and Analysis