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Music at Townley Grammar School

Course description

Your grade at GCSE is not necessarily a clear indicator for aptitude at AS or A Level. This is why we require a brief audition for course suitability. A pass at G5 theory and G6 on voice or instrument are advisable as are some keyboard skills.

Course content

AS /A Level

We aim to develop well rounded musicians with a balance of skills in the main aspects of music: performing, composing, harmony, analysing and listening skills.

We study the Edexcel syllabus which we feel offers the best balance of practical and academic study of music at A level. Students will be expected to:

• perform at a Grade 6 level at AS level, and a Grade 7 level at A level

• learn and apply elements of composition, including:

  • melody writing
  • harmonising a melody
  • writing a melody to a harmony
  • arranging for voices, instruments and ensembles
  • responding to a set brief

• learn and apply elements of harmony (cadences and chorales)

• learn how to analyse music, both from listening and from a score.

Our A level students contribute heavily to school life, including through participation in and leading extra curricular ensembles.

We are very proud of our Music offering, and particularly of our students who have gone on to a wide range of related courses and careers, including degrees in Music, Performing at conservatoire, Music Production, Composition, Music Management and many more.

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Music plus audition

A student must have achieved both of the following:

  • A minimum of 7 full course A* - C grade GCSEs including English and Maths
  • An average (mean) point score of 45 or above taking only full course GCSEs into consideration

Future opportunities

Music (performing, composing and analysis), Ethnomusicology.

Careers: Performing, Arts Administration, Events Management, Teaching, Copyright Law, Music Therapy, Army musician, Promotion Management, Agent, Broadcaster, Sound/Acoustic Design, Sound Engineer, Music Journalist, Venue Management, Publishing, Tour Management, Directing, Distribution, Film Scoring/Composing.

Further information

Auditions will take place on Saturday 21st January 2017. You should prepare a piece of at least G5 standard to perform unaccompanied. There will also be a piano exercise (do not worry if you do not play piano, it is just to check that you can work things out on a keyboard and can read Music in treble and bass clefs), a brief aural and sight-reading test.

University requirements:

Oxbridge: standard offer A*A A with a test at interview. G5 piano & theory, usually G8 on an instrument.

Russell Group: A A B/A B B G5 Theory, keyboard skills, G8 on an instrument.

Non-Russell Group: A B B/C C C usually G8 on an instrument

Music College: Entry by audition and 2 passes at A level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 31 October 2016
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