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Music AS & A Level at Sir John Deane's College

Course description

Music students can enjoy some of the best facilities available with dedicated practice rooms, a recital room, a range of musical instruments, recording studios and the latest computer technology. There are also many opportunities to perform at prestigious venues across Cheshire such as the historic Arley Hall.

Course content

This course is great if you enjoy playing and composing music and have a desire to learn more about how it works.

You will enhance your performance and composition skills and develop a deeper understanding of a number of specific musical styles and genres. These will include Vocal and Instrumental Music; Music for Film; Popular Music and Jazz; Fusions; and New Directions.

Creative composition tasks will ultimately lead towards the compilation of a small portfolio of original work, and the development of practical performance skills will result in a showcase recital at the end of the course.

Classroom activities are necessarily varied. It is very important that wherever possible, new concepts and ideas are explored practically as well as theoretically, in order to enhance understanding.

Financial information

The concert band, jazz band and Sir John Deane’s Singers rehearse regularly and perform at a range of events throughout the year. There are also opportunities for smaller chamber ensembles, groups and bands to rehearse together.

Music students contribute fully towards the extra-curricular musical activities available, both as performers and even possibly, as directors.

Future opportunities

Music is an incredibly diverse subject and allows you to develop a wide variety of highly transferable skills that will be of use in other subjects, as well as in Higher Education and eventual employment. A number of past A Level Music students have gone on to gain coveted places at specialist Music Colleges and Conservatoires, gained places at Oxbridge, as well as other highly competitive courses such as medicine.

An appreciation and understanding of music is also something, of course, that you can keep with you and enjoy for a lifetime.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir John Deane's College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years
  • Web url: www.sjd.ac.uk

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