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Music A-Level at The West Bridgford School

Course description

Students who take A Level Music benefit greatly from its unique opportunities of group work, leading to co-operation skills and a boosting of self-awareness and self-confidence.


YEAR 12:

Tonality (The Language of Western Total Harmony)

The Expressive Use of Instrumental Techniques

Performing (40%) Consists of a 5-8 minute recital on a first instrument and either a 2-4 minute recital on a second instrument, a group performance on the student’s 1st instrument or a performance of the student’s own composition.

Composition (30%) Includes a minimum of 7 exercises of Western Tonal Harmony (1 to be completed under exam conditions) and either a composition for 4-10 instruments or an arrangement of a lead-sheet (eg Popular/Jazz style).

Introduction to Historical Study (30%) Comprises of the study of 3 Jazz pieces and 3 Classical pieces, as well as general listening skills that are studied throughout the course.

YEAR 13:

Performing (40%) Involves the demonstration of interpretive skills and understanding through performing and in discussion with the examiner. Students will be required to have listened to, compared, at least two interpretations of their performance music, and to have supported their study by appropriate research. There will also be questions based on listening, composition and research as part of the viva voce.

Composition (30%) Students are required to submit a portfolio representative of work undertaken throughout the course. Students are expected to show the development and extension of their compositional skills from Year 12 through a series of set exercises and a single composition, chosen from vocal music, programme music or music for film or TV. Compositions can be for any grouping of instruments and/or voices.

Historical and Analytical Studies (30%) Involves students developing their knowledge and understanding of the two areas of study: Tonality and Interpretation. They should become familiar with the expressive features found in music that interpret text or other subject matter, and with the ways in which this interpretation can create dramatic tension, characterisation, mood or feeling as appropriate to the genre.

Entry requirements

Ideally Grade B in GCSE Music, within one of  the below:

3 A Level subjects + General Studies: 3 Grade B in chosen subjects + 2 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

4 A Level subjects + General Studies: 2 Grade A/A* + 2 Grade B in chosen subjects + 1 Grade C, including Grade B in Maths & English Language

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years