A Level Music

A Level Music

‘After silence that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music’ 

Aldous Huxley – British writer

Why study Music at A Level?

If you have enjoyed studying music and you want to make a career in music, A Level Music will give you the opportunity to further develop your already confident musical skills. It is also an excellent choice if you want to broaden your general knowledge in the arts, even if you do not plan to study music further at university.

Course Prerequisites 

A good result at GCSE is essential, a keen interest in a wide range of musical styles and drive to develop performing or composing skills.

A Level Music Course Structure

Year Unit Topic
AS 1 Performing
Students have opportunities to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble.
2 Composing
Students develop their composition skills leading to the creation of a three-minute piece in response to a chosen brief.  Students also write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of their final composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it.
3 Developing Musical Understanding
Students listen to familiar music and understanding how it works.  Set works from the anthology provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores.
A2 4 Extended Performance
Students have opportunities to extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble
5 Composition and Technical Study 
Students must complete two tasks in this unit choosing from either one composition and one technical study or two compositions or two technical studies.
6 Further Musical Understanding 
Students focus on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar and understanding how it works.  Set works from the anthology provide the focus for much of the unit.  Students should also listen to a wide range of music which relates to the two compulsory areas of study.

‘I think I should have no other mortal wants, if I could always have plenty of music. It seems to infuse strength into my limbs and ideas into my brain. Life seems to go on without effort when I am filled with music.’ 

George Elliot – English Novelist