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Music A Level at Queen Elizabeth High School

Course description

Studying A Level Music enables any instrument or voice and all types of repertoire to be presented in performance. It encourages the study of the widest possible range of music and musical traditions. The course allows students to develop their practical skills and their responses to music both from a creative and theoretical perspective. The course aims to further your appreciation and understanding of music both as a listener and performer, something we hope will remain with you beyond education. The course will broaden your musical experience and imagination and build on your own creativity. You will focus on listening to music and understanding how it works through studying a series of set works. You will also listen to and study scores and complete a simple harmonic passage. You will have the opportunity to develop your own composition, based on a brief; your composition will be informed by your developing musical understanding on the course. You will be expected to perform individually or as part of an ensemble in your choice of style.

Course content

Unit 1: Performing Music

Unit 2: Composing

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding

A2 Units

Unit 4: Extended Performance

Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study

Unit 6: Further musical understanding


Successful A Level students will usually have a minimum instrument or voice grade 5 and grade 5 theory and/or GCSE grade B or above in music. Please talk to one of the music teachers if you are uncertain about your suitability for the course or if you have not studied formal grades. Maturity and motivation are required as much of the performance practice will be completed outside lesson time. Assessment is a combination of written exam, performance and composition coursework.

Future opportunities

Students taking music at QEHS have gone on to university or music college to study music degrees with an emphasis on performing, composing or conducting. Many students also go on to courses which specialise in specific areas of popular music, jazz or folk. Some universities also offer combined courses which include music or performing arts. Many of the students who have chosen to study music at A Level have gone on to study a whole variety of degrees.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 July 2015

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