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Music at The King Edmund School

Course description

The music industry has a cool, glamorous image and a lot of people want to work in it, so you will have to work hard and make sure you stand out from the crowd. A Level Music will help you in this respect; you will develop your skills as a musician through performance, composition, listening and appraisal skills.

Course content

You will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (the basics in Year 12 and stylistic studies in Year 13). You will build up your aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the ‘New Anthology of Music’. Listening to music will help you to develop a variety of skills such as analysis, dedication, group skills, self-confidence and self-reliance. It also stretches your imagination and playing an instrument makes you think and react quickly. Skills such as these are not just prized within music careers; they are valuable to all types of employers.


Assessment is based on a performance on your main instrument and counts for 30% of the final mark. A portfolio of compositions also makes up 30% of the assessment. There is a final examination taken at the end of the course which will test your listening and appraisal skills, which is based on set works in the ‘New Anthology of Music’.

Future opportunities

The full A Level course is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third area of study. Music is a highly regarded academic subject and whether you take it with a view to a career in music or as an additional A Level subject, it is held in high esteem by universities and other institutions of higher education. Most people, however, study music because they love it and you will have plenty of practical opportunities to develop your talents.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The King Edmund School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016

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