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Music A Level at Vyners School

Course description

Part 1: Performance (30%)

You are required to perform an eight minute solo or ensemble performance which is of grade 6 standard or above.

Part 2: Composition (30%)

Two compositions:

  1. Free choice composition (you may use briefs set by Edexcel if you wish)
  2. A technical exercise on one of these four options:
  • Bach Chorale
  • 2-Part Counterpoint
  • Arrangement
  • Remix


Part 3: Examination (40%)

You will study 18 set works in 6 different areas of study. These areas are:

  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz
  • Fusions
  • New Directions

Within these areas you will explore the different musical elements and the historical context behind each piece.

Entry requirements

B in Music and a minimum of Grade 4 standard in performance.


The A Level exam is set out in two parts.

Section A requires you to use your aural skills to identify key musical features in some of the set works you have learnt and express these features in short answer questions. There will also be a dictation element to this section.

Section B requires you to write two essays.

Essay one is based on an unfamiliar piece of music which is related to one of the set works. You have to draw links between the set works and unfamiliar music and  express your opinion musically.

Essay two is based on the set works you have knowledge of and you will need to express your view on the piece in terms of musical elements.

Future opportunities

Studying music is one of the most fulfilling subjects within school. Not only do you learn the skills of performing on your instrument to a high level, you also gain the ability to analyse any given music, compose your own music and learn many different languages including the language of music itself.

Music is regarded highly among the top universities through its nature of encouraging hard work and perseverance. Music is also one of the top jobs for employment Post University with 91% of graduates gaining employment within six months of finishing their degree.

Further information

As an A Level student, you are expected to be a role model for the younger years with music.

Therefore, all A Level students must attend Senior Choir every week and one other  musical ensemble.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Vyners School directly.

Last updated date: 11 May 2016
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