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Music (A Level) at Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18

Course description

In each year of the A Level course, students will have opportunities for performing, composing and analysing music. The specification also includes opportunities for students to explore and utilise music technology, as well as encompassing a wide range of musical styles. All students on the course will be involved in a range of musical experiences outside of the classroom. We run a wide range of groups and ensembles, which support students in their learning.

Students will have a number of opportunities to build up their performance experiences. When opportunities arise, we organise trips to hear live performances of the music being studied.

Students wishing to offer solo and/or ensemble performances for the course will need to be in receipt of instrumental tuition if they are to complete these units successfully. Free tuition is available in school on a wide range of instruments, or, alternatively, students may make their own arrangements outside school.

Course content

Appraising music: developing aural awareness skills, using a range of musical styles, and through study of the Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910 and two contrasting areas of study from the options of Jazz, Music for Theatre, Pop Music, Music for Media, Contemporary Traditional Music or Art music from 1910. There are three strands of music represented which cover three key genres; Baroque – solo concerto, Classical – operas of Mozart and Romantic – piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg. For two of the strands, students will be able to analysis and contextually understand the set works.

Performance: preparing a performance as a soloist, in an ensemble or through music technology for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Composition: learning how to create and develop musical ideas in response to given composition briefs and compose a free composition totaling a minimum of 4 minutes 30 seconds.

Entry requirements

General Entry Requirements

Students must achieve a minimum of 5 subjects at GCSE grades 4 or above - please see the prospectus for further subject specific entry requirements


A level is assessed in three components

. Component 1: (Appraising music) Written examination involving listening questions and analysis on Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910, the two chosen areas of study and unfamiliar music. Choose one essay question for one of the areas of study. Component

2: (Performance) Record a performance. This can be a solo, ensemble, music technology or any combination of these for a minimum of 10 minutes.

Component 3: (Composition) Two compositions. One is in response to a given brief and the second a free composition. Totaling a minimum of 4 minutes 30 seconds.

Future opportunities

The course enables candidates to choose a path best suited to their needs, whether a career in the music industry, further academic study (at university or college), or for personal interest. A level Music is highly valued by higher education institutions and employers; owing to the skills it develops (confidence, creativity, organisation, focus, analysis, presenting arguments, group participation, cultural awareness).

Further information


To discuss this course, please contact our Music Leader, Mrs R Tustain.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18 directly.

Last updated date: 25 September 2018
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