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Music - AS / A level at Suffolk One

Course description

Music A-Level is a course suited for those with a passion for Music. It looks at the three main elements of music; performing, composing and listening, and the way in which these can be brought together. It aims to develop your individual playing skills and creativity as well as your performance style and composition skills. This course extends the GCSE skills of Performing, Composing and Appraising a variety of styles of music. You will look at a variety of styles and Genres of music from Baroque to Be-bop and have the chance to perform and write your own music.

Students should budget for the costs of attending live performances in order to gain maximum benefit from this course as we will be attending various live gigs and concerts where possible.

Course content

In the first year [AS] you will look at Performing as a soloist and as part of an Ensemble, keeping a performance log of your rehearsals and performances. You can also develop improvisational skills through performance and the study of Jazz. You will compose in a variety of styles and be taught the skills required to use various music programmes such as Sibelius and Cubase in order to do this. You will also focus your listening through a variety of set works from the Baroque period right up to modern music. There are three AS units and three A2 units representing the three major activities involved in this qualification; Performing, Composing and Listening/Analysing. You will compose your own music and learn to write and analyse the works of a variety of different composers.

Entry requirements

You would be expected to have Grade C or above at Music GCSE level. You would also be expected to have a pass at Grade 5 practical/theory or an equivalent standard in the September entry. If you do not have this qualification we will ask you to do an audition.


Unique to this specification the Performing component is assessed by a visiting examiner at both AS and A2 levels.

Students will perform both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble.

Composing is assessed by a portfolio submission at both AS and A2 Levels.

Listening/Analysing is assessed via a written examination at both AS and A2 levels.

Future opportunities

A level Music is accepted by universities for a wide range of courses and a large proportion of students go on to study music at either university or music college.

Career Possibilities include: Performance, Teaching, Administration, Music Therapy, Broadcasting, Sound Engineering, Composing, Music Critic or Journalist and Music/Orchestral Manager.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Suffolk One directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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