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Music A Level at The Corsham School

Course description

A Level music provides students with the opportunity to broaden their experience as a performer and an attentive listener. The course requires that students study both Classical and Jazz works and provides an introduction to traditional harmony as well as extending and strengthening their skills as a performer.


A Level Music will offer students with an interest in music a broader understanding of the subject and a more fulfilling practical experience.


Students will be encouraged to develop imagination, foster creativity and promote personal and social development. Opportunities to direct and manage some of our Key Stage 3 music clubs are also likely to be available.

Course content

AS Units

Component 1 – Appraising Music

  •  Study music from The Western Classical Tradition and Jazz
  •  Study set works from Baroque concertos and the operas of Mozart in  more detail
  •  Write extended essay questions
  •  2 hour written examination (96 marks)

 

Component 2 – Performance

  •  Solo and/or ensemble performance that lasts a minimum of six minutes
  •  Externally marked by AQA examiners (50 marks)

 

Component 3 - Composition

  •  Compose two pieces of music (one free composition and one to a brief )
  •  Externally marked by AQA examiners (50 marks)

 

A2 Units

Component 1 – Appraising Music

  • Study music from the Western Classical Tradition, Jazz and Popular Music
  • Study set works from Baroque concertos, operas of Mozart and the piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg in more detail
  • Write extended essay questions
  • 2 hour 30 minute written examination (96 marks)

 

Component 2 - Performance

  •  Solo and/or ensemble performance that lasts a minimum of ten minutes
  •  Externally marked by AQA examiners (50 marks)

 

Component 3 - Composition

  •  Compose two pieces of music (one free composition and one to a brief ).
  •  Externally marked by AQA examiners (50 marks)

Entry requirements

To study this course students should have attained a grade B or above in music at GCSE. Ideally students have instrumental skills of at least Grade 5 standard and have a good understanding of music theory before beginning the course.

Students will be expected to participate in extra - curricular activities, perform in concerts and attend live concerts as required.

Future opportunities

A Level music demonstrates discipline, co-ordination and an ability to work with others. It is highly regarded as a discipline that employers hold in high esteem and they look favourable on such talents. It gives all musicians a chance to study their hobby to a deeper level.

Universities offer a variety of courses for the enthusiastic musician. Most degree courses build on the knowledge developed at A Level and develop this into a skill that can be used in a career within the music profession.

There are many careers involving music however it is not necessary to be thinking of a musical career to follow the course. For example, those wishing to become Primary School Teachers are at a considerable advantage if they can offer a musical qualification when applying for teaching posts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Corsham School directly.

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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