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Music A Level at Brookfield Community School

Course description

If you play an instrument and enjoy it then this is as good a reason as any to opt for Music at A Level. 40% of the marks are dedicated to performance and the skills you will have gained through playing, either by yourself or in a group can be applied to other aspects of the course such as Composition and Historical Study. Music as an A Level is also highly regarded by universities as it provides you with an opportunity to demonstrate diverse skills and aptitudes, such as performance skills, determination and commitment, analytical skills and creativity.

Course content

- How to prepare effectively for a recital on an instrument of your choice or voice.
- How to harmonise melodies in a number of different styles.
- How to compose confidently for a number of different instruments and/or voices.
- How to use music technology such as Sibelius, Cubase and the recording studio.
- How to listen to music in a more analytical way and how to write about what you can hear using correct terminology.
- The importance of linking all of these aspects of music together through performances and composition and group projects.

Entry requirements

To study Music at AS/A2 Level it is expected that you can play a musical instrument or sing. It is also a great advantage if you sight-read music. Students who have taken GCSE Music should have achieved a minimum of a Grade B.

Assessment

You will have to produce a recital on your instrument at the end of Y12 and Y13 which will account for 40% of your final mark. You will also have to create a composition portfolio in Y12 and Y13 which will include harmony exercises and free composition – this will account for 30% of your mark. Finally, at the end of Y12 and 13 you will have a written exam which will test your knowledge of certain pieces of music you have studied and your general listening skills.

Future opportunities

With a music A Level you could go on to university or music college to study a straight music or music related course such as performance. This could well lead to a career in the Art as a performer, composer or involved in administration. If teaching is a profession that interests you then music can be very helpful, either for primary, secondary or private music tuition. A music qualification is a useful indication of a well rounded and creative potential employee across a range of career paths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brookfield Community School directly.

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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