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Music A Level at Devonport High School for Boys

Course description

The A level Music Course not only gives students an opportunity to use existing music performance skills but also helps to develop compositional and analytical awareness through a study of Popular and Classical genres and techniques.

Course content

The A level course has 3 modules

1. Appraising: 2 hours – 40%
Section A 3 questions on the areas of study. One short melody/rhythm dictation.
Section B Two essay questions on areas of study and musical elements.

2. Composing: 30%
a) Compose one composition to a set brief, and
b) Compose one piece on a topic of own choice.

3. Performing: 30% An 8 minute recital on one or more instruments. This can be solo or solo and ensemble.


Teacher led group dealing with specific modules during 4 one hour sessions per week. Performance will generally be the responsibility of the student and individual instrument teacher but advice on performance and programming will be available as required.

Future opportunities

A level Music can lead to Higher Education courses in University and Music but it can also be used as an academic qualification for other university courses. For any queries or further information see Mr Newton or members of the Music Department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Devonport High School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 02 May 2017

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