Music AS/A2 Level at Saint Cecilia's Church of England School
Music A Level offers the opportunity to study music in considerable depth. It will improve your knowledge of styles and genres and enable you to develop into an outstanding performer and composer. Music A level is both a practical and academic course. You will learn how to develop your own compositional style, performing skills and your understanding of music.
We have an extensive range of resources and recording equipment in the studio and 1.19 – our dedicated classroom. Our PCs are specially designed for music and contain the latest versions of Cubase, Sibelius, Reason and the industry standard ‘Pro Tools’. We have an excellent range of instruments and performing opportunities. This course is ideal for musicians who want to extend their knowledge and skills, broaden their interest, study Music at university or just enjoy performing or composing.
Unit 1 – Performing (30% AS, 15% of total A level)
Students perform some solo and/or ensemble items, carefully selected to display a variety of styles and technical skills. Students are required to submit a recording of 5-6 minutes.
Unit 2 – Composing (30% AS, 15% of total A level)
Students develop their composition skills and create a 3 minute piece in response to a choice of briefs set by Edexcel. Students also learn how to create their own recording, score and CD sleeve notes.
Unit 3 – Developing Musical Understanding (40% AS, 20% of total A level)
Students develop their musical understanding through the study and listening of familiar set works. They learn about the musical features of the pieces and stylistic traits as well as the cultural and historical background. Students also learn about harmony and how to write a chorale. Assessment consists of a listening and written examination.
Unit 4 – Extended Performance (30% A2, 15% of total A level)
This unit gives students the opportunity to extend their performance skills as soloists and as part of an ensemble. Students work towards performing a recital of 12-15 minutes of carefully selected pieces.
Unit 5 – Composition and Technical Study (30% of A2, 15% of total A level)
Composition skills are further developed and students create original pieces for a combination of instruments and/or voices. Students create their own recording and CD sleeve notes. This unit also gives students the opportunity to build on their knowledge and awareness of harmony through composing in the style of other composers. Students can choose to write two compositions or one composition and one technical study.
Unit 6 – Further Musical Understanding (40% of A2, 20% of total A level)
Students build on the skills developed in Unit 3 and study different set works. They learn how to analyse in detail and identify relationships between styles and genres through the listening of familiar and unfamiliar music. Assessment consists of a listening and written examination based on the set works and unfamiliar works.
You are expected to play at Grade 5 or above standard on one or more instruments. If you are unsure of your ability, you may be asked to attend an audition with a member of the music department staff. You should be able to read treble and bass clef proficiently or be prepared to learn it quickly.
To find out more about this qualification, please contact us on 0208 7801244 or firstname.lastname@example.org
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Cecilia's Church of England School directly.