Music A-Level at Coppice Performing Arts School
This course is suitable for anyone who has a strong interest in all aspects of music – performance, composition and analysis. The course offers students a number of performance opportunities, both as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble so it is vital for any student planning on taking the course to perform an instrument or sing to a good standard. The course also gives students the opportunity to develop their compositional skills through the study of compositional techniques.
The A Level also builds on the theoretical concepts learnt at GCSE and listening skills will be examined at the end of each year. Students will listen to and analyse the structure, tonality, instrumentation and melody of set works and set periods of music in history. The course should increase the understanding and appreciation of a whole range of musical styles.
Course details & assessment:
Unit 1: Influences On Music (15% of A2) A written paper of 1 hour 45 minutes which contains listening questions and two essay questions; one on a set work and the other on Music Theatre from 1940-1980.
Unit 2: Composing (15% of A2) Candidates either create a free composition or complete 2 tasks set by the board relating to composing techniques.
Unit 3: Performing (20% of A2) Candidates perform as both a soloist and as a member of an ensemble.
Unit 4: Influences On Music (15% of A2) A written paper of 2 hours 15 minutes which contains listening questions and two essay questions; one on a set work and the other on Jazz Music from 1910-1950.
Unit 5: Composing (15% of A2) Candidates either create a free composition or complete 2 tasks set by the board relating to composing techniques.
Unit 6: Performing (20% of A2) Candidates perform a solo recital (10 minutes)
The minimum entry requirement for Level 3 study is 5 GCSEs A*-C including English and Mathematics; these should be in at least 4 different subjects. You will receive guidance about which pathway will be most suited to your needs which will be based on your anticipated GCSE Point Score. If you have a higher Point Score you will be encouraged to take a more academic route and if your Point Score is lower you may wish to choose a more vocational pathway. However, these options will be discussed in your admission interview.
Specific entry requirements:
- Grade B or above at music GCSE
- Grade 4 standard or above on instrument or voice
- Ability to read staff notation (treble clef)
Applicants may be asked to audition particularly where music has not been previously studied or has been studied externally
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Coppice Performing Arts School directly.