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Music A Level at King Edward VI Community College

Course description

The Edexcel AS and A2 music course provides the basis for a thorough understanding of music performance, listening and composition. Students who choose to study Music A Level at KEVICC will be offered a range of opportunities for performance and a chance to attend workshops in and out of college. The department provides students access to good recording facilities and a suite of practice rooms.

Course content

During the course students will study three areas of music: composition, musical analysis and performance. They will create their own composition, write about their journey towards this piece of work and present a recital programme. Students will learn the fundamentals of harmony and chorale writing as well as appraising the rich variety of musical styles from around the world, including Western Art music; a sense of curiosity is vital.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE Music. Performing ability on an instrument (or voice) to at least Grade 5 standard is essential and students must continue with their instrument throughout the A Level course. Students who do not have Grade 5 Theory are required to study for this exam during the first term.

Assessment

Music at KEVICC is a popular choice with students and, therefore, those who choose to study at the College have the opportunity to learn alongside a number of other able musicians. Lessons are highly engaging and motivating with regular independent learning activities. Students take part in numerous activities which contribute to our rich and stimulating musical community they are also expected to run extra-curricular activities. The department give students the chance to take part in a number of projects, shows and concerts over the course of the year and, in addition, the annual college show; this is a major performance opportunity. Musical ensembles include choir, orchestra and bands, there is plenty of opportunity to perform either as part of a KEVICC ensemble or with your own group.

Future opportunities

Many students who study A Level Music progress to music college or university degree courses in order to begin a career as a professional musician. However, the A Level music qualification provides the basis for a wide range of other higher education courses and areas of employment such as music production, TV, theatre and film composition and arts management. Universities and employers often consider an advanced level music qualification as an asset to potential under graduates or employees. Studying music at A Level will enhance your CV and your prospects of future employment or training.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Edward VI Community College directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2017

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