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Music A Level at New Mills School and Sixth Form

Course description

A-Level music at New Mills Sixth Form will enable you to improve your skills in performing in a range of styles, aiming to develop a recital of solo and/or ensemble pieces lasting between 5-6minutes. You will explore a variety of composition techniques to help you to develop a more advanced composition based on a given brief. Throughout the course you will listen to a wide range of music and develop a more informed appreciation of how and why it was written and/or performed. This will include analysis of a series of set works. 

Composition is taught by the study of compositional techniques, analysis of harmony and structured listening. We use Sibelius, Cubase and Logic software to notate and record our compositions, whilst aural work is developed by a series of listening books. History and analysis of set works will be undertaken through discussion groups, listening tasks, written responses and following scores.

You will be expected to perform individually and as part of a group on a regular basis and in a variety of venues. Obviously, much of the preparation for this will be done through practice on your instrument(s). We have strong links with the music industry and throughout the course there will be opportunities to attend concerts and workshops with professional musicians. 

We have a long established 100% pass rate and small class sizes so that we can tailor the course to support your development as a musician. Our facilities include practice rooms, a basic recording studio, rehearsal space, a wide variety of music extra-curricular activities and 1:1 instrumental tuition lesson from our specialist Instrument teachers. 

Future opportunities

Most commonly Music A-Level leads to university or college to study for a degree/diploma in Music, Music Technology, or Sound Engineering/Recording with the potential to progress to a wide range of careers in areas such as; Performing Arts, Teaching, Composing, the media and arts administration. 

Please note, you must have achieved at least a grade C at GCSE level, play a musical instrument to about Grade 4/5 standard and be able to read music. 

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New Mills School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017

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