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Music AS/A2 Level at Alderbrook School

Course description

Music is all around us in so many different forms, and this course offers the chance to develop a greater understanding of how it has influenced society throughout the ages. Music is mathematical – it is rhythmically based on the subdivisions of time into fractions which must be done instantaneously.

Music is history – it reflects the environment and times of its creation, taking on the emotion of a nation, region or a generation. Music is art – it is the only art form we can hear in the same way as people did hundreds of years ago.

Unlike paint, whose image is always there once created, music is perpetually ‘repainted’ each time it is performed. A level Music is the chance to develop understanding of how music has transformed over time and to foster a deeper appreciation of different styles and genres.

Course content

The course is designed to extend skills in performance, using one or more instruments and/or voice. Composition is a further key component, and a third element is based on exploring a variety of musical pieces in terms of their historical context, interpretation and tonality.  

Entry requirements

A/A* GCSE Music, OR Dn/Dn* Level 2 BTEC in Music, OR grade 5 practical and grade 5 theory of Music (ABRSM OR Trinity Guildhall. No other awarding bodies prepare students adequately for the A Level Music Course).



Future opportunities

University degrees that require or often prefer music include:

A wide range of music-based degrees, education and arts administration.


Possible careers:

Directly related: Musician, teacher, music therapist, composer, media, publishing, sound production and arts administration.

Further afield: Community arts worker, event organiser and agent in the music industry.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years