A-level Music is a Linear course.
Students develop their skills in Performance, Composition, Listening and Analysis.
Component 1: Performance: Students must perform a recital, which is a minimum of 8 minutes. It can be one long piece, or several shorter selections. Any instrument or voice may be used. Recitals will be recorded in one take to be sent to the board, with no pauses or edits in the recording.
Component 2: Composition: Students must compose either a ‘free’ or a composition to one of six briefs, of at least 4 minutes duration. They must also compose a chorale texture in the style of J.S.Bach, at least 1 minute in duration. The composition must be submitted as a recording with an accompanying score and a detailed description. Editing may be used in order to best express the composition.
Component 3: Appraisal: Students study 6 Areas of Study, each including 3 set works. Areas of Study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. Musical works range from the Baroque Era to the present. Students must learn to listen to musical detail, be aware of the cultural and historic context of musical works, and have a good understanding of musical vocabulary and techniques.
Students should be good performers, and have a genuine curiosity about a wide range of music genres. A good knowledge of music theory would be an advantage
Six 9-5 (A*-C) GCSE grades with at least four at grade 6 (B) including grade 6 in Music and in other subjects to be studied at A level
Some graduates choose to study an area related to their first degree that allows them to specialise, for example in composition. Others pursue a range of qualifications, in areas such as music performance, direction and instrumental or vocal teaching.
When thinking about further study, you may consider a purely academic music qualification or degree options in community music, cultural management or musicology