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Music at Fort Pitt Grammar School

Course description

This course is available to learners enrolled at this school and learners at other schools within the Chatham Consortium.  

Why should I study Music?

If you have a passion for Music then why not study it at A level? Studying Music can give you a great mix of social, technical and business skills. Music students often have the edge over others on team work, good communication and self management. Music can be thought of as part art, part science, which means it will help you build your problem solving, research, planning, analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as develop your creativity, not to mention discipline, composure under pressure, time management and independent working ability.

What will the course involve?

The modular course develops and assesses skills of performing, composing, listening and score analysis. You will give a public performance playing for a minimum of 6 minutes for AS level and 8 minutes for A level. You will compose two compositions; one to a brief set by the exam board and one free composition. Each composition must be at least 2 minutes in duration for AS level. The Appraising unit involves listening and analysing a range of music from different eras and styles. The examination paper requires you to write short prose and longer essays on the music you have studied.

How might this course complement others?

Music goes well with Languages, Sciences, English, Drama and Theatre Studies, and Mathematics.

How will this subject be useful in the future?

A level Music can lead to further study at university or a conservatoire, to careers in performance and areas connected with live and recorded performance, arts administration, teaching, journalism and music therapy. The discipline and commitment that musicians show are traits highly valued by employers, even if your career is not based in Music.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 05 December 2016
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  • Start date: Next September