Music A2 GCE A Level at Weatherhead High School
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.
You must have at least 5 C's including a B in GCSE music.
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.
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.
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.