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Music A Level at West Lakes Academy

Course description

There are three components to this course studied to AS and A Level

  • Appraising Music
  • Performance 
  • Compostition

Course content

The AS course:

Component 1: Appraising Music - Exam paper which focuses on listening to and analysing a wide variety of music from the pop, rock, jazz, theatre, dance and classical genres - This is worth 40% of the total AS marks.

Component 2: Performance - Study, rehearse and produce a solo or band project as either a musician or sound engineer with a six minute performance. Improve your own musicianship or become a whiz at using music technology - This is worth 30% of the total AS marks.

Component 3: Composition - Compose two composition pieces in a musical style that best suits you. Each piece should be no more than three minutes long, the ideal length for a good piece of music - This is worth 30% of the total AS marks.

Entry requirements

WLA Sixth Form entry requirements and grade C in GCSE Music or equivalent musical instrument skills. You must also have a commitment to performance and composition and a strong interest in making music.

Future opportunities

This New Specification provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to a career in musical performance, film, dance, theatre, TV, music management, music technician, music technology, teaching and peripatetic. It encourages students to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact West Lakes Academy directly.

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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