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Music A-Level at Coopers School

Course description

A-Level music is intended to be stimulating and enriching for students and teachers alike. The course will develop the performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), composing and analytical skills by studying selected pieces of music from 1600 to the present day. The course is excellent preparation for higher education courses in music, but it is equally valuable for non-specialists as a second or third choice to complement your other subject choices.

You will be expected to complete independent learning tasks that build upon your classwork as well as listening more broadly to a range of music, both live and recorded. We focus upon developing your theoretical skills within popular and Baroque contexts by the end of the A2, and encourage you to develop as a performer by taking part in a variety of external and in-house performances. An A Level in music is highly valued by many as it demonstrates your willingness to dedicate your time to continuously improving your abilities.

Course content

Component 1: Performing (35%) - Assessment: An externally assessed recital concert. A performance (10-12 minutes) consisting of a minimum of three pieces. One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study, and another piece must be inspired by a different area of study.

Component 2: Composing (25%) - Assessment: Externally moderated composition portfolio. Two compositions (4 - 6 minutes)with one reflecting the techniques and conventions of Western Classical Tradition. There are four set briefs. The other composition is a free choice.

Component 3: Appraising (40%) - Assessment: Written examination, 2 hours and 15 minutes. You will study Western Classical Tradition, Rock and Pop and Into the Twenty-first Century.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language C or better
GCSE Music B or better / Grade 4+/ABRSM Equivalent

Future opportunities

University courses in Music, Music Technology and related industries. With further training, you could go on to a job in the music industry, including but not limited to, composer, musician, sound technician, arts administration or teaching. You could continue to pursue music recreationally. You will improve your performance abilities on this course and develop your confidence and public communication skills.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 08 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years


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