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Music - A Level at Hanley Castle High School

Course description

This is an excellent subject for someone who is well motivated, organised, and who has an open, enquiring mind and a desire to communicate. As a sixth form student you will have priority in accessing a whole range of resources in a purpose-built surrounding. In choosing music you will:

  • Have regular opportunities to perform throughout the year, both as a soloist and in an ensemble, orchestra and choral society.
  • Develop the ability to analyse music helping to lead you to a greater understanding of how to compose and perform music in a variety of styles.
  • Learn how computers can aid composition, listening skills and the presentation of coursework. This will involve sequencing, ear-training and notation software.
  • Learn to compose music in the style of other composers and in a style of your own choice.
  • Develop the ability to research and make presentations to the rest of the group.
  • Benefit from learning in a supportive environment that encourages independence and rewards initiative.

Entry requirements

It is a pre-requisite that you have at least grade B at GCSE Music. There is an expectation that all A level music students will take an active role in musical life at Hanley Castle.

Future opportunities

Music in any form is a challenging and rewarding subject for all who study it. Degrees in music vary enormously from performance or composition specific to more traditional all round courses or joint honours courses. Obvious careers include performing, composing, promoting and organising events, running education programmes and artist management. Employers in diverse fields such as accountancy and management actively recruit music students for their good communication skills and their ability to consider things on many different levels at once.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September