Music - AS / A Level at St Alban's Catholic High School
A Level Music is an interesting and varied course which allows a student to develop
practical performance and composition skills alongside more academic, analytical skills.
A range of activities will give students a greater understanding of the music that they
listen to and play. There are opportunities to be involved in the thriving musical life of
the school through performances and ensembles. The course focuses on performing,
composing, listening and appraising. The performing aspect will be presented through
a recital where you will perform for between 6-8 minutes. Composition will include free
composition, composing to a set brief and also composition techniques - completing a
piece following the stylistic rules of other composers. At the end of each year you will sit
an exam which will test your analytical and aural skill and you will complete essays about
the set pieces of music you have studied. The topics which you will study are Vocal Music,
Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.
A Level music is an ideal subject to combine with a wide range of other subjects
demonstrating a broad and balanced education. A Level music complements many
degree courses, not purely musical degrees, as it requires disciplined self-study and
rigorous attention to detail. The course is essential to pursue music at degree level and is
also often needed for sound engineering courses.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Alban's Catholic High School directly.