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Music A Level at Eaton Bank Academy

Course description

Music is a versatile and well-respected academic course that combines well with both science and arts subjects. It provides a comprehensive introduction to music study, covering performance, composition and analysis to an advanced level. Students develop an understanding of music through the exploration of musical styles. The Music A level build upon your work at GCSE level and involve performing, composition and the study of a variety of musical compositions. The course gives you the opportunity to develop your musical skills and to explore new ideas you never knew you had.

Music is taught in a purpose-built department where you will receive excellent teaching in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. There are ample practice rooms and a recording studio, with priority given to 6th form students. The very best music technology is available to you throughout the school week including a dedicated 6th
form computer suite.

Course content

Performance:
You will perform a recital in year 13 of 8 minutes that should be around grade 7 standard. The pieces for your recital will be of your own choosing.

Composition:
You will be required to compose two pieces, one based on a brief or a free composition and one to a brief assessing technique.

Appraising:
You will analyse and appraise six areas of study. The pieces are from a wide range of genres leading to a final listening and written exam. There are two essay questions one on each of the Areas of Study.

Entry requirements

To be accepted on the course you should ideally be able to perform at grade 6 standard
by spring of year 12 and have achieved at least a B grade in Music GCSE. For any further information please speak to either Mrs Venables or Mrs Evans.

Future opportunities

Careers in music are many and varied, from a professional musician or composer, to a sound technician, music therapist or even a teacher! There are many courses available at universities and conservatoires, from which music graduates enter a diverse range of professions, both in
and out of the world of music and the creative arts. Although A Level Music involves a lot of creative work, the theoretical study of music history and theory is sufficiently rigo
rous that it is accepted as a serious academic subject for entry to most university courses. Recent music students have gone on to study medicine, veterinary science,
humanities, technology (and of course music) at the prestigious Russell Group universities. We also send a number of students to top conservatoires such as the RNCM, Birmingham Conservatoire and for popular music courses at BIMM and LIPA.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Eaton Bank Academy directly.

Last updated date: 18 April 2018

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