Qualification: A Level
If you have a long-established love of music then you would enjoy studying Music at A level. A level Music would let you access a variety of higher-education options: the practical performance & composition elements of the course open up opportunities for studying at music college or university (such as jazz, classical, performing arts: musical theatre / opera). The study & analysis of the stylistic conventions & historical contexts of a wide variety of engaging A level Set Works & their related Areas of Study opens up opportunities for studying musicology at university.
Component 1 Performing:
You will develop your skills as either a soloist, within an ensemble or both in relation to at least two Areas from: Western Classical Tradition, Rock & Pop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Into the 20th Century, Into the 21st Century
Component 2 Composing:
You will use music technology to develop your skills to compose at least two pieces that reflect the stylistic conventions of at least two different Areas chosen from: Western Classical Tradition AND one of: Rock & Pop, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Into 20th Century, Into 21st Century
Component 3 Listening & Understanding
You will develop your ability to identify, analyse, evaluate & compare stylistic musical features & conventions & place these within their historical context through an understanding of the dimensions of music, musical devices & score/notation-reading/dictation skills
You will study the stylistic conventions of THREE contrasting Areas of Study through the in-depth analysis of four specific Set Works & stylistically / contextually representative works for each:
Area of Study A = Western Classical Tradition 1750-1900 / The ‘Development of the Symphony’
Area of Study D = The Development of JAZZ – 1920-1960
Area of Study E = Into the 20th Century
Two choices of assessment weighting / combination on offer for the practical coursework components:
Option A: 10-12 mins Recital 35% AND two Compositions 25% (108 & 72 marks)
Option B: 6-8 mins Performance 25% AND three Compositions 35% (72 & 108 marks)
Your understanding of the Areas of Study Set Works & of related stylsitic conventions & historical context will be assessed externally via CD-led listening exam & written paper in June at the end of year 13.
Careers in music could include: Professional Musician / Performer / Artist (classica/jazz/pop/rock), Professional Composer (film/television/gaming), MD / Conductor, Music Therapist, Sound Engineer, , Musicologist, Arts / Artist / Orchestra / Studio / Record label / Concerts & Events Manager, Sound Recording Engineer, Peripatetic instrumental teacher, record company Talent Scout, Music Agent, Specialist secondary school music teacher , Music Retailer, Record Producer, Club DJ, Song Writer
Grade 5 or better in Music GCSE
On-going instrumental lessons (internally or externally) are not only highly recommended, but essential at this level, since the performance aspects tend to have a crucial bearing on course results.
Guide price for such instrumental / vocal lessons is c. £10.00 per lesson with c.32 lessons given over the year.Music - Extra curricular opportunitiesDownload
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