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Music A-Level at Kendrick Academy

Course description

Music is ideal for students wanting to study a different type of subject, yet one which is rigorously academic and is respected by academia. This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in the three main musical disciplines of performing, composing, and listening and understanding. You will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (the basics at AS and stylistic studies at A2), at the same time building up your aural and analytical skills by studying extracts from the Anthology of Music.

Course content

  • At AS you will work on elements of performance practice, learn to compose and arrange music, understand harmony and how different composers compose, and learn how to analyse music through listening to and studying scores in set works, identifying musical features and as well as social and historical context.
  • In year two you will develop your performance skills further to produce a recital, and specialise in technical studies and composing skills. You will develop your knowledge of music from periods in history through learning more set works, and learn how to compare and contrasts pairs of extracts, contextualise music, and identify tonal features.
  • Music students are expected to participate in extra-curricular activities and very often run ensembles. There will be opportunities to attend concerts and theatre trips.

Entry requirements

The minimum grade requirement is B at GCSE. The ability to read at least one clef (treble or bass) is essential.


  • Exam (40%)
  • Controlled Assessment (60%)

Future opportunities

A Level Music gives a secure foundation for students wishing to pursue Music at degree level, whether at University or Conservatoire.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kendrick Academy directly.

Last updated date: 06 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years