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Music A Level at Matravers School

Course description

A Level Music allows you to perform and study a wide variety of music: it builds on the skills learnt during GCSE and BTEC, whilst also broadening your musical knowledge. Students wishing to study A Level Music should have gained at least a B grade at GCSE; however, students without Music GCSE but a minimum of Grade 5 on a musical instrument may be accepted onto the course. Although there is a considerable amount of theory to cover, students are also given ample opportunity to develop as performers and composers, both in and out of lessons. The AS course is centred equally on practical and theoretical skills. Students will produce final performances on their chosen instrument and their own composition. The theoretical area of the course covers basic music theory and understanding as well as writing music. The Listening and Understanding paper is similar to that studied at GCSE, though students are expected to analyse the music in greater depth and detail. Students also study a variety of set works about which they answer questions in a timed, written exam. A2 Music builds on the AS course, with particular emphasis on the practical elements of the course. Students will be expected to perform a recital of between 12–15 minutes in musical styles of their choice. Students also refine their composition skills and produce a small portfolio of their own work. The Analysing Music unit allows students to further improve their knowledge of set works and add a special focus topic that is studied in detail.

Course content

Unit 1 Practical unit developing performance skills. Students will perform ONE solo piece lasting five to six minutes.

Unit 2 Students will produce a three minute composition, recording and write up, to a brief and provide CD sleeve notes to accompany it.

Unit 3 A written paper on the set works and a theoretical paper to show understanding of a score.

Unit 4 A 12–15 minute performance to a small audience in any music style.

Unit 5 Student can choose to submit either two compositions or two technical theory exercises or one of each.

Unit 6 A written paper based on set works and a focus area of study.

Future opportunities

The AS and A Level courses provide valuable insight into Music at a higher level. Whether students are considering a profession in music –- or wish to study a different subject at university or college –- Music is a valuable and respected subject. Employers and universities recognise that it develops confidence, independence and creativity. Careers could include a job within the field of Music Technology, Teaching, Music Therapy or any other job related to the Performing Arts.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 January 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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