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Music at Hemsworth Arts and Community Academy

Course description

The course aims to help students to think creatively to compose their own music, to extend and refine their performance skills and to broaden their repertoire and knowledge of music through in-depth listening activities. There are also opportunities to use specialist music software or recording facilities to produce sequenced compositions or performances of multi-track works.

Course content

The Music A Level Course is divided into three skill areas - Performing, Composing and Listening. Due to the wide range of topics covered by the course, students have the flexibility to go onto study at HE placements and major in any of the three skill areas. Other opportunities would include working as a Music Therapist, Teacher, Composer or the course aims to help students to think creatively to compose their own music, to extend and refine their performance skills and to broaden their repertoire and knowledge of music through in-depth listening activities. There are also opportunities to use specialist music software or recording facilities to produce sequenced compositions or performances of multi-track works.

The course aims to help students to think creatively to compose their own music, to extend and refine their performance skills and to broaden their repertoire and knowledge of music through in-depth listening activities. There are also opportunities to use specialist music software or recording facilities to produce sequenced compositions or performances of multi-track works.

Students are assessed in all three areas through coursework, recitals and a final written exam.



Students will focus on three main areas of study throughout the year. These consist of:-

Performing (12-15 minute recital, Performance Investigation Essay - 2,500 words on performance techniques).
Composing (8-10 exercises, film storyboard OR vocal composition).
Historical Studies and Analysis (study of ONE period of music).

Students are assessed in all three areas through coursework, recitals and a final written exam.

 

Entry requirements

In order to be able to study this qualification, students should have achieved a minimum of 5 A* - C Grades (or the new Grades 4 - 9)  To succeed in this subject, it is recommended that students have obtained at least a Grade `C` in GCSE Music or a `pass` at the ABRSM Grade 5 theory exam, are prepared to undertake tuition on their chosen instrument either via the College peripatetic scheme or through private tutors. Students should be willing to invest some extra time in familiarising themselves with the ICT Music Software to produce compositions if they have not done so previously.

Those students who have not undertaken a GCSE Music course will be asked to attend an interview to discuss their relevant experience and demonstrate any practical instrumental music skills.

Assessment

The first year consists of 3 Units (two of which are course work and practically and the third is a timed written examination)

Performance

Composing

Introduction to Historical Study in Music (Exam)


Second year

Performing Interpretation
Composing

Historical Studies (Exam)

 

Financial information

Peripatetic lessons are heavily subsidised at a rate of 35.00 - 40.00 for a term (one lesson every week during term time).

AS/A2 Rhinegold Study Guides are necessary for students to purchase as they contain notes for all the set works (16.00 - 20.00).

Future opportunities

Most students go on to take Higher Education courses and careers which make use of `A` Level Music. These include: Music Therapy, Instrumental Teaching, Primary or Secondary Teaching, F.E. Lecturer, Professional Performance, Employment with an orchestra or Performance Company, Working in the Media Industry as a Composer/Arranger, Community Music Workshops, Music Examiners for Graded Instrumental Exams, Master Classes.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 October 2016
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