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A Level Music at Beaconsfield High School

Course description

This course is suited to anyone who has a keen interest in performing, creating and listening to different styles of music and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music. At both Advanced Subsidiary Levels (AS) and A2, students experience all three main musical disciplines of performing, composing and listening and understanding.

Course content

Students will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying 9 pieces set by the exam board, as well as wider listening. These set works encompass a wide variety of instrumental and vocal styles, including:

  •  Keyboard Music
  •  Popular music and jazz
  •  Music for film and television
  •  World music
  •  Secular and sacred vocal music
  •  Music for large ensemble
  •  Music for small ensemble
  •  20th and 21st Century art music


Future opportunities

This AS/Advanced GCE in Music can lead to further study in music or performing arts in higher education at degree or HND level and may lead on to a career in the music industry. Previous students have gone on to study music at Cambridge, Russell Group Universities, Music Colleges, and the ACM (Academy of Contemporary Music), and then into the music profession, and include a computer games music composer and a professional violinist with the honour of acting as a judge on Young Musician Of The Year.

Further information

How can parents help?

  •  Music students should involve themselves in regular ensembles e.g. orchestras, windbands, choirs etc. Listen as widely as possible to all aspects of music and where possible attend live performances.
  •  Maintain regular instrumental lessons to ensure playing is at an appropriate standard.
  •  Access to music scoring software at home will assist composition.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beaconsfield High School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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