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Music A Level at Hereford Sixth Form College

Course description

Music is a highly respected academic course that will challenge and inspire you to gain greater expertise on your instrument, to understand good practice in composition and to improve your evaluation skills by analysing some of the history’s greatest works.

Whether or not you decide to study music after A Level, this is an exciting course for any dedicated musicians.

You will have the opportunity to perform in a range of orchestras, bands and choirs and there are weekly opportunities for you to perform solo or ensemble repertoire.

Course content

In addition to your four weekly classes, all music students have access to music theory classes, leading to Grade 8, and lessons with a specialist performance tutor.
You will also have weekly, university style academic tutorial sessions in small groups.

A significant amount of support and exam preparation is given to every student through an individually tailored programme.

The course includes:

  • A Performance Recital.  
  • Composition, including advanced harmony and counterpoint, which is assessed through coursework.
  • Listening, History and Analysis leading to an exam. 

Entry requirements

As a minimum you will need:

  • Grade 4 or equivalent on at least one instrument, or voice, and in Music Theory.
    In cases where the Music Theory qualification is pending, you will be given a Grade 4 entrance paper on arrival.

Future opportunities

This course provides an academic and practical grounding for both higher education and professional music opportunities. It is suited equally to those aspiring to a music career and to those who would like to develop a greater understanding of music and musicians.

Former students have gone on to study at some of the top universities and conservatoires.

Further information

There are national and international tours with College ensembles, regular trips to universities and visits to some of the finest concert halls to meet professional musicians and hear set works.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hereford Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017

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