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Music at The Hewett School

Course description

The Hewett Sixth Form has a reputation for excellent music teachers and facilities. With a dedicated music block containing two recording studios, six practice rooms and a wide variety of instruments music students are always able to go the extra mile in their studies.

In A-Level music you will develop your performance skills, improve composition skills learned at GCSE level and develop an understanding of harmony, music analysis and history. You will be taught to understand how music works by listening to set works. You will also be given the opportunity to perform as a soloist and/ or part of an ensemble. You will be able to choose music in any style and play any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) as part of a 5-6 minute assessed performance.

You will also develop your composition skills leading to the creation of a three minute piece in response to a chosen brief. You also write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of your final composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it.

In recent years, Music students have joined the A-Level French students on a trip to La fete de Musique in Beaugency. The A-Level music students performed as part of the fete and it is hoped that foreign trips will become a regular feature of the A-Level course. 

A-Level Music students also get the opportunity to play as part of the school music production.

Course content

Ideally AS music students will have gained a B or higher at GCSE music and play an instrument or sing to a standard equivalent of Grade 4 or above. The ability to read traditional music notation is essential.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 04 March 2015

Key information

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