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Music AS/A2 Level at King Edward VI Grammar School

Course description

This course enables students to extend their knowledge and understanding of music, to create and develop their own musical ideas and to demonstrate technical, interpretative and communication skills through performing music. This six-unit course helps students to develop aural, theoretical and analytical skills and enables them to explore a significant set work and an area of study selected to suit their preferences. They can choose to study compositional techniques, to create music which draws on their own experience and enthusiasm or to arrange a given piece of music. In their performances, students can present solo and ensemble pieces and can work with music technology. A-level Music builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Music as well as musical experience gained outside the classroom. It recognises the interdependence of different aspects of musical activity. This 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 music-related and other careers. It encourages students to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work.

Course content

What will I study?
Musical Language and content
 The organisation of sounds
 The context of music
 Musical styles and genres
Unit 1 – Influences on music
Unit 2 – Creating musical Ideas
Unit 3 – Interpreting musical ideas
Unit 4 – Music in context
Unit 5 – Developing musical ideas
Unit 6 – A musical performance


How is the course assessed?
A-level Music is a six-unit course; three units must be completed for AS level and all six units for the full A-level. Each level includes:
 a written examination testing listening skills, knowledge and understanding and requiring students to write in depth about a set work and music from a selected area of study
 the study of compositional techniques, or composition using and developing the student's own musical ideas, or an arrangement of a given piece of music
 demonstration of performing skills as soloists, in ensembles and/or using music technology.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years