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Music A2 GCE A Level at Weatherhead High School

Course description

Are you a natural performer? Or maybe you enjoy writing your own music? Perhaps you already play your instrument on a regular basis? Do you want an A level that will prepare you for a performance based course at college or university or a career in Arts Administration? Can you play a minimum of grade 5 standard on your instrument or voice? If the answer is yes then this would be an ideal subject for you.

Entry requirements

You must have at least 5 C's including a B in GCSE music.

Assessment

Performing Unit 15 % You are required to perform a solo recital on one instrument lasting between 10 - 15 minutes. The recital must show a variety of styles and techniques and you will be expected to perform to, at least, grade 7 standard. This can be recorded at anytime during year 13.

Composing Unit 15% Compose a substantial piece of music for any combination of instruments lasting between 5 - 8 minutes. Coursework submitted in May.

Music in Context 20% Study 4 decades of Jazz from 1910 - 1940 and Symphony No.1 by Edward Elgar. You will be asked a variety of listening questions and answer longer essay style questions to demonstrate knowledge and understanding. 2hr 15 written paper completed in June.

Future opportunities

Studying Music can lead to careers in: performing, session musician, teaching, publishing, TV and radio production, music production, music therapy, Arts Administration, PR work, sound engineering and media promotions.

Further information

65% is coursework which means you will have a good idea of how well you are doing before the final written examination.

You will have the opportunity to work with a professional composer from the Royal Liverpool Philharmonice Orchestra and perform in many of the excellent extra-curricular ensembles at Weatherhead.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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