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Music A Level at Highfields School

Course description

The AS/A2 music course extends the GCSE skills of performing, composing and appraising in ways that emphasise their interdependence. Engagement with the widest possible range of music is encouraged and there are increased opportunities for the development of skills and understanding.

Course content

AS Course content
In the AS course you will analyse music from the classical pop, jazz and film traditions with the aim of broadening your understanding of how music works. You will follow a course of formal harmony alongside more free composition projects and are expected to engage fully with the extensive performance opportunities in the department.
A2 Course content
In A2 you will continue to perform regularly and additional historical areas of study will provide material for analysis. You will further develop skills in the techniques of composition and submit a portfolio of exercises along with a more extended piece of work. You will perform an extended solo recital.


Your grade is based on individual or ensemble performance, composition, and developing and demonstrating your musical understanding through close analysis of set works.

Further information

  • Performance
  • Teaching
  • Music production / management
  • Music therapy
  • Music retail
  • Publishing
  • Arts administration

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 July 2016

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