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Music A Level at Beechen Cliff School

Course description

Music is a unique subject in many respects. Through studying the subject you will develop analytical, practical, thinking and creative skills.

If you enjoy music and can play an instrument or sing to a good standard then studying A’Level Music is worth considering.

It will give a breadth of experience and skill in many different areas. Students will extend their knowledge and understanding of musical language, skills and genres. This will give a good foundation for studying music in higher education or for pursuing other careers in the music industry. Equally though it is valuable as a second or third area of study which complements other subjects.

Furthermore it will develop a range of personal qualities including: self confidence, team work, the ability to communicate and analyse, along with enhancing technological and evaluation skills. The unique nature of music helps to develop all the ‘key skills’ which future employers will be looking for.

Course content

Component 1: Performing (30%)
This unit provides opportunities for students to perform as a soloist and/or in ensembles. Any instruments and/or voices are acceptable as part of a recital that should last for a minimum of 6 minutes. The recital will be recorded and externally assessed

Component 2: Composing (30%)
This component will focus on developing composing skills through studying different musical styles. Students will be required to complete two pieces of work, either one free composition and a given brief or two given briefs. The briefs will relate to the areas of study (see Component 3 below)

Component 3: Appraising (40%)
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of musical elements contexts and language by studying a variety of set works. All the set works will be taken from six areas of study:
- Vocal Music
- Instrumental Music
- Music for Film
- Popular Music and Jazz
- Fusion
- New Directions
Students will study 3 set works from each area of study, leading to a 2 hour examination comprising listening skills and essay writing.

Further information

Music can complement any combination of A’Level subjects. It is academic, practical and creative.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Beechen Cliff School directly.

Last updated date: 10 May 2017

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