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Music AS and A Level at York College

Course description

If you have a keen interest in music or are looking to pursue a career in music, A Level Music teaches students to develop performance and composition skills.

The course is designed to extend the GCSE skills of performing, composing and listening. Students are encouraged to study classical traditions of western music and musical theatre in their first year. 

The course is aimed at those who have previously attained some knowledge in music or aspects relating to it, either through a GCSE qualification or equivalent. Students may have also acquired suitable experience through less formal means as a performer or as an attentive listener.

Course content

If you have a keen interest in music or are looking to pursue a career in music, A Level Music teaches students to develop performance and composition skills.

The course is designed to extend the GCSE skills of performing, composing and listening. Students are encouraged to study classical traditions of western music and musical theatre in their first year. 

The course is aimed at those who have previously attained some knowledge in music or aspects relating to it, either through a GCSE qualification or equivalent. Students may have also acquired suitable experience through less formal means as a performer or as an attentive listener.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE including English Language (grade 4).
You should be able to play an instrument (including voice) to grade 5 standard and be at or working towards grade 5 standard in Theory. (If you have not followed the grading route, applications will still be considered based on merit). You will be required to do an audition/workshop as well as an interview.

Assessment

Year 1

Performing (30%)

Students have to perform a 6-8 minute recital made up of two of the following options:

• a solo performance on an instrument
• a solo performance on voice
• a solo performance on a second instrument
• an ensemble performance
• a technology-based performance 1 

Composition (30%)

Students will demonstrate their ability to create and develop musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources by creating two compositions. One will be set to a brief and one will be a free composition.

Listening Exam - 2 hours (40%)

• Section A - Listening
• Section B - Analysis of pieces from the Western Classical Tradition
• Section C - Essay on Historical Music Study - Currently Musical Theatre

The second year follows a similar pattern to the first year, including performing, composing and a listening exam based on general listening skills, the Western Classical Tradition, Jazz and Blues and Pop Music.

Financial information

There is a small materials contribution applied to this course which will be confirmed at interview.

Students are also encouraged to take instrumental lessons from our team of peripatetic music teachers charged at £150 per term for ten individual lessons.

Future opportunities

The course provides a sound foundation for music courses in higher education with students progressing on to study at university and some of the country's top conservatoires. Employment possibilities include the music industry, teaching and other related careers.

Further information

Music Technology, Media Studies, Film Studies, Dance, Drama and Theatre Studies and Maths.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact York College directly.

Last updated date: 19 October 2016
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