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Music A Level (Edexcel) at The High School for Girls

Course description

The A Level specification builds on the skills developed in GCSE Music. Students will extend their performance and composition skills whilst also developing their listening and analytical skills by studying a variety of pieces of music from the areas of study. The course has seven areas of study: Instrumental music, Vocal music, Music for film, Popular music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. This encourages students to study a wide range of music from different styles. The exam will ask questions related to the set works, and also to draw links between the set works and an unfamiliar extract or music.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved Grade B in Music and approximately Grade V practical level. This varied and exciting course requires the study and performance of a wide range of music, but also caters for individual strengths and interests. It is essential, however, that students should have a real enjoyment of music!

Future opportunities

Music A Level can lead directly to further study at university or conservatoire but is also studied by students looking to broaden their range of skills at A Level. Music has many applications and can lead to work in performing, teaching, recording, media and advertising, journalism, publishing, business and the armed forces. It is a fully recognised academic subject that combines practical and creative skills with analytical and critical work. It is highly regarded by universities, as it requires excellent personal and interpersonal skills, as well as demanding high levels of discipline, self-motivation and self-confidence in presenting oneself in a public situation.

Further information

Students are expected to be involved in at least one school group; Senior Choir, Senior Orchestra, Brass Ensemble, Concert Band, Flute Choir or String Ensemble. All groups cater for a variety of standards. Ad-hoc chamber ensembles are put together for various events including the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years