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A Level Music at The Elmgreen School

Course description

Is this course for me?
Yes, if you have a passion for music and an interest in music performance, composition and appraising. Music A Level is considered a highly academic subject by all universities and employers which makes this subject a good choice, regardless of what you intend to study at Higher Education or what career path you wish to follow.

What will I learn? You will learn:
- about important performance skills and how to prepare for a recital on your instrument
- how to compose and notate pieces of music following a set brief and using music notation software
- how to understand, appraise and analyse set-works from a variety of genres from music history
- how to develop important skills in essay writing
- how to harmonise Bach Chorales


Course content

First Year:
- Performing Music: 5-6 minute recital
- Composing: Creation of a 3 minute pieces in response to a chosen brief
- Developing Music Understanding: Analysis set-works, essay writing on important musical features and social and historical context and harmonising Bach chorales.
Second Year:
- Performing Music: 12-15 minute recital
- Composing: Creation of two 3 minute pieces in response to a chosen brief
- Developing Music Understanding: A 2 hour exam in three sections: A: Aural analysis; B: Music in context and C: Continuity and change in instrumental music

Entry requirements

The best preparation for this course would be a grade B or above in Music GCSE, or grade 5 performance standard on at least one instrument.

Future opportunities

Higher education to study a degree at a Russell Group University (or university of your choice) in any subject. This could also prepare you for a career in Music, Arts, the Media Industry or education with roles such as performer, composer, teacher, working for the Arts Council in administration or management, journalism or music production.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Elmgreen School directly.

Last updated date: 05 June 2015
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