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Music A Level at Wanstead High School

Course description

- Performing (25/35%): This consists of a recital lasting around eight to ten minutes, performed in front of an audience. The music played or sung can be in any style and needs to be equivalent to at least grade VI in difficulty. The performance is filmed and the video is externally assessed by the exam board. If students wish to ‘major’ in performance then they can play a longer recital and performance will account for 35% (rather than 25%) of the overall A level.

- Composition (25/35%): Students are required to write two compositions of a combined length of around 8 minutes. One is to a set brief by the exam board and one is a free choice decided by students. If students wish to ‘major’ in composition then they also write some technical exercises and composition will account for 35% (rather than 25%) of the overall A level.

- Written examination: (40%): This listening examination is based on aural questions on music unknown to students and questions based on classical and jazz set works studied by students during the year.

Entry requirements

Grade B in music GCSE and grade V or equivalent standard of performance in at least one instrument or voice.

Future opportunities

Music A level is an entry requirement for most university and conservatoire music degree courses. Although music is highly practical, it is also an extremely academic subject and studying it develops a wide variety of skills that are useful to a wide range of professions. Career opportunities directly related to music exist in the areas of performance, composition, the recording industry, publishing, media, education and arts administration to name but a few.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 March 2017
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