Music AS/A2 at Lawrence Sheriff School
At both AS and A2 you will perform regularly on your
first and second instruments, compose original music
and make arrangements, and study set works taken
from the western classical tradition and popular music.
Full course content can be found on the OCR website.
You can expect to:
• Perform regularly in public and to the class.
• Continue lessons on your instrument.
• Critique and analyse your performances.
• Compose original music to a self-defined brief.
• Arrange short extracts of music in given styles.
• Study set works including orchestral, jazz, stage
musicals and operas.
• Analyse previously unseen music.
Grade B or above in GCSE Music and preferably a pass in Grade 5 Theory. Ability to read music.
40% Performing [Exam], 30% Composing [Coursework], 30% written exam.
Where does it lead?
Music can lead to a vibrant career as a performing
musician, working as a composer/arranger in the TV and
film industry, teaching, music therapy, publishing and
music journalism. Music develops many transferable skills,
such as teamwork, leadership, analysis and
Other useful information
The minimum standard for performing at AS Level is
approximately equivalent to ABRSM grade 4. To
achieve the highest mark bracket the standard is
approximately grade 6. All instruments and musical styles
are acceptable. Students are encouraged to perform as
regularly as possible, both as a soloist and as a member
of an ensemble. To undertake this course you should be
able to read music. Each student will need to purchase a
copy of the Rheingold OCR A2 Music study guide which
will be available from school at the start of the course or
can be bought in advance from www.musicroom.com.
Students’ views …
“I enjoyed the compositional aspect as it gave me the
chance to write music in my favourite style.”
“Studying music was a welcome creative complement to
my other maths and science based courses.”
“I really enjoyed the lively and encouraging atmosphere
the department offered.”
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lawrence Sheriff School directly.