Music at Teddington School
A Level Music promotes rigour and focus as effectively as creativity and expression. It will allow you to develop every aspect of your musicianship, analysis to performance, in a huge variety of musical settings.
Who would it suit?
If you play an instrument or are a vocalist and are interested in developing a wider knowledge of music, this is the course for you. Analytical minds that thrive on logic will enjoy the study of harmony whilst fans of chaos will warm to improvisation. If you are a performer who seeks to hone your instrumental skills in a range of ensembles you will find this an excellent platform to shine.
The A Level music course is broken into three main strands: performing, composing and listening. Performance skills will be embedded into the course and frequent opportunities to try out recital programmes and to showcase talents are provided. Composition is taught as an organic process; group practical composition sessions get the ball rolling before individual time is spent developing and refining. These sessions are often taught in tutorial style. The listening section of the course comprises of several set works covering a huge range of styles and influences to suit the tastes of every student and to stretch and inspire. The study of set works is taught practically at first, enabling a deeper connection with the music, before group discussion and analysis.
For the composition element, you will select one of four briefs to compose a three-minute piece of music in both years. Compositions can be recorded live or submitted on a MIDI recording through use of our sequencing software. In addition you will write a sleeve note for AS and complete a technical study at A2. Performance includes a six-minute AS and a fifteen-minute A2 recital as a solo or including ensemble elements. It can be performed as an open or closed recital depending on individual preferences.
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Each year concludes with a two-hour examination that assesses a range of skills including set work study and application of harmony.
The study of music will add an extra layer of context for many arts and humanities subjects. The attention to detail and focus on sequence and form makes music an excellent complement to the logical pursuits such as physics or maths too. A recent survey for Oxford University suggests that A level Music is an excellent (and incredibly useful) choice
How to apply
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