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Music A Level (AQA) at Marling School

Course description

A level Music is aimed at students who wish to (i) develop their skills and understanding of music, (ii) study music or a combined arts subject in higher education and pursue a vocation in music and/or the arts or (iii) who wish to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music as part of lifelong learning. This course can lead to the study for a BMus or BA in Music or a combined arts course. Students who are particularly gifted instrumentalists or singers (Grade 8+) could apply for a performing course at one of the conservatoires of music such as The Royal Academy of Music or The Guildhall School of Music.

Course content

Appraising music (40%) - The examination will test students’ listening skills, analysis skills and their contextual understanding of music they have studied. ALL students will be required to study works/scores from the Western classical tradition 1650-1910, covering a selection of works from the Baroque, Classical and Romantic periods. Students will also study music from TWO further Areas of Study selected from: (i) Popular music; (ii) Music for media; (iii) Music for Theatre: (iv) Jazz; (v) Contemporary traditional music; (vi) Art music from 1910. Students will be required to listen attentively to unfamiliar music from all the named artists/composers in their selected areas of study to identify and accurately describe musical elements and use musical language (including staff notation).

Performance (35%) - Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist or vocalist. A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required (no more than twelve minutes). This component is externally marked.

Composition (25%) - Composition 1: Composition to a brief set by the exam board. Composition 2: Free composition. The combined submission must total a minimum of four and a half minutes and must not exceed six minutes. This component is externally marked.

Entry requirements

Students are required to achieve at least a Grade B at GCSE level Music. Students should be able to read music notation fluently (both treble and bass clefs). All students wishing to undertake this course will be required to undertake a music notation test and are expected to have achieved a level of performing on one instrument/ voice to a standard equivalent to a good pass at ABRSM Grade 4 and should be working towards playing Grade 5 repertoire.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years