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Music A Level at Woodbridge School

Course description

There are 3 components:

  1. Performing (minimum standard grade 7 Associated Board or equivalent) 30%
  2. Composing: 2 compositions totalling a minimum of 6 minutes in length
    • Composition 1: a free choice piece or based on a free choice of a brief, at least 4 minutes in length
    • Composition 2: a composition from a list of briefs assessing techniques (e.g. Bach Chorale, 2-part counterpoint, etc.), at least 1 minute in length
  3. Appraising: developing musical understanding through:
    • listening on set works from 6 areas of study: vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, popular music, fusions, new directions in 20th century music, including a short dictation exercise
    • analysis through listening of an unfamiliar work based on one of the areas of study
    • comparison of an unfamiliar piece and one of the set pieces through listening

Course content

Composition via the use of Sibelius software, often one-to-one. Analysis of set works in traditional framework class lessons. Practice in writing essay questions. Listening extracts for response. Harmony often in one-to-one sessions as well as group teaching.

Entry requirements

A high level of practical performance. GCSE grade B in music is a minimum.


Component 1

  • A solo or ensemble (or a mixture of the two) recital of a minimum of 8 minutes. This can be on any instrument or voice

Component 2

  • Composition 1 – Coursework
  • Composition 2 – Controlled conditions coursework in the final term of the exam year

Component 3

By examination using a personal CD player. Short and medium length questions for Part A. Extended writing for Part B, requiring an ability to place the music in its historical and social context

Future opportunities

Degrees in music, performing courses at conservatoires, arts management, performing and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 April 2017
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