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Music A Level at Cramlington Learning Village

Course description

A Level Music continues to develop musical skills within the areas of Performing, Composing and Listening. It is a very challenging but rewarding course where you will be expected to up your game as a musician.

Course content

Unit 1 – Listening A written exam which will include questions on General Musicianship, a choice of essay questions on Beethoven’s Symphony No 1 and a choice of essay questions on Baroque Choral music.

Unit 2 – Composing (Creating Musical Ideas) Students work on Compositional Techniques.

Unit 3 – Performing Students will choose two of the following coursework options: solo performance on an instrument, solo performance on voice, solo performance on a second instrument, an ensemble performance or a technology-based performance (multi-track, close microphone recording)

Unit 4 – Listening A written exam which will include questions on General Musicianship, a choice of essay questions on Elgar’s 5th Symphony and a choice of essay questions on one of these genres: 20th Century English Choral Music, Chamber Music from Mendelssohn to Debussy, Jazz + Blues 1910-1950.

Unit 5 – Composing (Developing Musical Ideas.) Students choose to work on Composition Techniques (4-part harmony) or Free Composition/ Pastiche or Arranging.

Unit 6 – Performing Students put together a 10-15 minute performance consisting of solo acoustic performances or technology-based performances (multi-track, close mic recording) or one solo + one technology-based performance.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSEs across a range of subjects. GCSE Music would be helpful but is not totally essential, provided that you can play an instrument. Broadly speaking, you should be at least at around grade 5 on your instrument to begin with. It is a condition of the course that you must be receiving tuition, either in school or privately, for the duration of the course.


There are two written exams as part of this course and you will also be assessed through performance and composition coursework.

Future opportunities

This course is ideal for any student with an interest in entering the Music Industry after Sixth Form. Students could audition for Music Colleges and certain courses at university such as a degree in Jazz or Popular Music. There are many career options within the Music industry including performing in an ensemble or as a session musician, Production, Studio Engineering, Music Journalism, Arts Administration, Recording and Editing, Composition and many more.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cramlington Learning Village directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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