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Music A Level (Linear) at Bennett Memorial Diocesan School

Course description

Topics: The six areas of study include: Vocal Music; Instrumental Music; Music for Film; Popular Music and Jazz; Fusions and New Directions.

  • Performing
  • Composition & Technical Study
  • Listening
  • Investigating Musical Styles

Course content

Skills Acquired:

  • Practical - performance techniques, composition techniques, use of music technology
  • Interpretative - score reading and performing
  • Creative - composition techniques, composing and performing
  • Aural - interval development, genre development
  • Knowledge - instrumental music, vocal music and applied music as well as exploring the context in which different types of music are placed

Entry requirements

 You will need to have the potential to achieve a minimum performance standard of Grade 7 by the end of the course.You must be able to demonstrate that you can play at the standard required.

We strongly advise you to take advantage of a recognised instrumental or vocal teacher's support for this part of the course. You will need to have a secure grasp of staff notation (treble and bass) and general music theory, but may be able to join the weekly theory workshops that exist at Bennett.

It would be beneficial if you have had some experience of composition, for example as part of a GCSE course. You should be willing to study a wide range of genres and eras of music.

- APS 5.5+

- Track record in performance and theory


Component 1 (30%) - Performing
Performing Component 2 (30%) - Composing
Composing Component 3 (40%) - Appraising

All students studying music are expected to support the worship band and attend the chamber choir.

Most students attend more ensembles and also assist in a leadership capacity.

You should be willing to join in other 'ad hoc' groups and perform at events suchas Open Evenings, Parents Consultations, Concerts and Competitions etc.

Future opportunities

Music A Level does not tie you to the arts but, of course, it is well suited to leading to a music college degree, university music degree, teaching qualification or work in the arts in general.  Beyond that, recruiters for universities and employers will find the diversity of your study to be interesting and valuable.

Further information

Music combines creativity, imagination and academic study in a way that is unique.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bennett Memorial Diocesan School directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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