Music at Calday Grange Grammar School
The GCE in music will encourage students to draw on their experiences at GCSE as well as offering a meaningful foundation for the study of music beyond GCE level. Candidates will recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising. Music is part of our everyday lives on the radio, television, CD’s DVD’s and many more mediums. Music is more enjoyable when we understand the concepts behind it. Students will learn to listen critically; to discover how music is constructed and how different types of music originated; to write melodies and harmonies, and to improve instrumental playing techniques. Candidates will develop an understanding of the organisation of sounds, the context of music, musical styles and genres. Using technical control, musical devices, conventions and resources, students will develop expressive understanding and create musical ideas. The study of Music not only gives pleasure in itself but its logical structures help train the mind to think clearly. The ability to sing or to play an instrument is a skill which will provide not only opportunities to join choirs, orchestras or musical societies but also personal fulfilment. To increase their appreciation and involvement students are encouraged to take part in such activities during the course.
A genuine interest in music of all genres, and a willingness to learn about the relationship between the music we hear and the way in which it is written is a necessary foundation for studies in `A` level Music. In addition, students will need to enjoy making music, and have an ability to sing or play one or more instruments. Although a formal grade on your instrument/voice is not essential, we would advise that you can play music of at least Grade 3 standard. Students that enjoy researching the historical aspects of how music has developed over the ages and can write convincing historical and critical essays will be equipped to tackle Music A Level.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Calday Grange Grammar School directly.