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Music A Level at Skipton Girls' High School

Course description

Is this course for me?

The most important thing for anyone wanting to take this course is a passion for and a commitment to music. You will also need an ability to work independently and to a deadline.

Course content

AS Qualification Structure: Performing Music:

  • A solo recital lasting 5 – 6 minutes.
  • You may perform for longer if you wish in order to demonstrate your skill. You may perform as part of an ensemble if you wish.
  • You should perform a programme that includes a variety of styles.
  • Compose one piece of music from a choice of 4 briefs which are set by the exam board.
  • Your composition should be approximately 3 minutes long.
Introduction to Musical Understanding:

This is an exam lasting 2 hours which tests:

  • Listening to Familiar Music.
  • A study of 6 – 8 short set works from a range of styles (3 Vocal Music and 3 Instrumental Music).
  • A contextual essay where you will compare and contrast musical features of the set works.
  • Understanding chords and lines: a short technical exercise completed using a keyboard and headphones.
A2 Qualification Structure: Extended Performance:
  • A solo recital lasting 12 – 15 minutes which provides a balanced programme of music.
Compositional Techniques:
  • Study of stylistic exercises.
  • One 3 minute composition chosen from 4 briefs set by the exam board.
Further Musical Understanding

This is an exam lasting 2 hours which tests:

  • Aural perception.
  • Music in context; a short essay.
  • A comparative essay focussing on Continuity and Change in Instrumental Music

Entry requirements

Prospective candidates must have a minimum of either:

  1. GCSE Music Grade B or higher or Grade 5 Theory or
  2. Grade 5 or higher in a Practical Examination of the Associated Board (or similar body) plus Grade 5 Theory of Music (or equivalent).

The ability to play a keyboard instrument is extremely useful.

Knowledge of treble and bass clef is essential.

Future opportunities

There are many career options in the music industry including performing in an ensemble or as a session musician, production, studio engineering, music journalism, arts administration, recording and editing, composition and many more.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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