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This exciting new music A level course offers students opportunities to study contemporary music as well as traditional musical components.

For an introduction to A level Music click here

In this course you will develop your skills in performing, composing and developing musical understanding. You will encounter a great variety of music both from the western classical traditions and from numerous more contemporary genres and, in your own performing and composing, you will have the freedom to work in whichever style and genre interests you.


It is not necessary to have completed GCSE music though an understanding of music theory and a good level of competency on your principal instrument (or voice) is essential if you have not progressed through this route.


As a music student you will play a full part in the musical life of the school and take part in the extensive range of co-curricular activities throughout the year, with performances in school and outside.

Year One

1) Performing (30%)

You will perform as a soloist or in an ensemble and are free to choose music in any style on any instrument/voice at Grade 5 standard. You will take part in various performances throughout the year.

2) Composing (30%)

You will develop your compositional skills during the year in a wide range of styles using Sibelius software to notate ideas. Formal compositional techniques and Bach Chorale harmonies are also taught.

3) Appraising (40%)

You will study twelve set works in the first year, from six areas of study: vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, popular music and jazz, fusions, new directions.

Year Two

4) Performing (30%)

You will continue to perform throughout the year at Grade 6 standard or above. You will prepare an 8-10 minute recital which will be recorded in March.

5) Composing (30%)

You will complete two compositions: One is at least 4 minutes long and is either a free choice or from a brief, the other is a technical assignment demonstrating your understanding of harmonisation.

6) Appraising (40%)

You will study an additional six works in the second year, and will be assessed on all eighteen in the final 2 hour exam. In Section A you will answer three listening questions based on the set works, and one question on dictation. In Section B you will write one essay on an unfamiliar piece of music and one essay on one of your set works and how it relates to wider listening (from a choice of three titles).

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