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Music at The Castle School

Course description

This course is primarily academic in style, whilst still encompassing the practical skills developed at GCSE level, including performance and composition. Music is an enjoyable subject and combines well with a great many others at Post-16 level. It is holistic in nature: helping to develop aural awareness and a detailed understanding of musical styles, and encouraging students to apply this knowledge to performance and composition tasks. Set tasks cover a broad range of styles, including Western Art Music, World Music, Popular Music and Jazz. It is a rewarding, challenging course from which many go on to study music at higher education.

The performance component is assessed through a recital. Pupils will spend the year performing to their peers in lessons, in concerts in school and within the community in preparation. Students are given a set brief and 20 hours of controlled conditions to prepare and write up their composition /arrangement. The ‘Influences on Music’ component involves the analysis of a symphony and the study of a chosen style of music, assessed as an essay.

Entry requirements

Minimum grade C in GCSE Music. It is possible to follow the course without having done GCSE Music, if you have achieved grade 4/5 standard on a musical instrument or voice.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years