Subject Intent: Why Music?

A-Level Music is exciting and rewarding, unique in its combination of academic study and creative opportunity. The course is based around developing three key skills; performing, composing and listening, and appraising. You will build on your knowledge of musical theory, gain a solid understanding of the basic principles of performance, refine your practical skills, study and practice composition, and expand your knowledge of music history through listening and appraisal. In addition, you will gain valuable transferable skills in independent learning (having to be disciplined about practise), team work, performance and presentation skills, listening skills (these are highly developed in musicians and vital to the course), analytical and essay-writing skills, building confidence and self-esteem and creativity. What will I study? Students will learn about a range of types of music, including: The development of the symphony jazz music and music created in the twentieth century The course also involves: Performance is 25% or 35% of final score. You will give a solo performance of between eight to twelve minutes in the final year of studies in front of a visiting examiner Composition requires you to create two compositions. The piece is set by the exam board, usually from a choice of options plus a free brief Listening and appraising/understanding is worth 40% of the final score. This is the only exam What are the entry requirements? Please check this subject table for full details of our A Level entry requirements.