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A2 Music - Academic Pathway at Furze Platt Senior School

Course description

An Academic Pathway course.

This course is designed for students who love music, enjoy composing, performing and listening. You will take skills and understanding in all these areas to a much higher level than GCSE. 
 
Although many of our A level music students do go on to study music or music technology at university, it also suits students who want to create a well-balanced set of subjects to study in the sixth form.

 

 

Course content

Year 1:
Performing: You will develop your skills as a soloist and consider how to prepare a balanced programme of Music.

Composing: At A level there is a more formal approach to composition which will enable you to create more sophisticated pieces. 
 
Analysis: You will look at different areas of music including: Western Classical Tradition (the development of the Symphony) and Musical theatre. This will include the study of one set work and the life and work of several composers including: Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Schwartz and Stephen Sondheim.   
 
Listening: You will develop your ability to identify and discriminate between features of music aurally. This is an important skill for all musicians. 

Year 2:
Performing: You will develop your skills further as a soloist working on preparing and performing your chosen recital to an external examiner.

Composing: You will continue to develop your composition skills and produce two/three compositions. One/two will be a free choice and one will be to a brief set by the Exam board.
 
Analysis: You will gain an understanding of music of 1895-1935. Looking at the different types of music involved including: impressionism, serialism and neo-classicism.  
 
Listening: You will continue to develop your ability to identify and discriminate between features of music aurally. This is an important skill for all musicians. 

Entry requirements

An average 5- attainment 8 score including English and Mathematics.
Grade 5 in GCSE Music and at least a grade 4 in an instrumental or vocal performance.  Grade 5 theory is strongly recommended.

 

Assessment

You will be assessed at the end of Year 2.
You will decide is you would like to take a composition specialism or a performance specialism. Assessment will be broken down is two different ways:

Option A (Performance specialism):
10-12 minute performance recital to an external examiner.
4-6 minutes composition portfolio consisting of two pieces. 
2 hour 15 minute written examination.

Option B (Composition specialism):
6-8 minute performance recital to an external examiner
8-10 minutes composition portfolio consisting of two pieces
2 hour 15 minute written examination

Future opportunities

This specification provides a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to music-related and other careers. It encourages students to develop a wide range of transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team-work.
Popular degrees for students who take Music A level range from Music to Drama, English, Mathematics, Teacher training, Psychology, economics and many more.
Music A level, and Music degrees, can lead to a vast range of careers from teachers to performance artists, managers, lawyers, accountants, therapists and media professionals, to name but a few.
Music A level has an excellent reputation with both employers and university administrators for being creative, rigorous and academic, requiring a huge range of skills.

 

Further information

For further information please contact the Sixth Form Department:
sixthform.admin@furzeplatt.net or Tel: 01628-625308 ext 651

 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 18 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: ACMU19
  • Web url: www.furzeplatt.com

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