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A Level Music at Lady Margaret School

Course description

This course offers a comprehensive approach to a broad area of studies. It allows students to study music as a practical, intellectual and creative subject, focusing on performance, analysis and composition. There are opportunities for the use of music technology. The course recognises that we live in an age of cultural diversity and the areas of study cover a wide range of music. You will have access to the educational facilities that the professional London music scene has to offer.

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved GCSE Music, or Grade 5 on an instrument (or voice). You should also have achieved or be working towards Grade 5 Theory


The AS course is made up of three units.

Unit 1: Performing Music (solo and/or ensemble).

Unit 2: Composition (one free composition and a corresponding CD sleeve note).

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding (listening and essay questions based on prescribed focus works, as well as harmonic analysis and completion of a Chorale).

The A2 course consists of a further three units, expanding on the skills developed at AS:

Unit 4: Extended Performance (solo and/or ensemble recital).

Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study (one free composition and one technical pastiche exercise).

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (essay questions based on new prescribed focus works and a listening paper based on both familiar and unfamiliar music).

Future opportunities

As well as standing as a highly respected A Level, given the wide range of skills needed. Music also combines happily with other disciplines. Careers in Arts Administration, Music Management, Performance and Education are direct paths. More broadly, Music can lead to careers such as Journalism, Legal Work and Publishing.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 April 2015
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