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Music A Level at The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form

Course description

The study of Music helps you to understand how musicians have used musical language to communicate their ideas. It helps you to develop your own skills of musical communication as both performer and composer.

Course content

- the study of major pieces of music: how they are constructed and their place and significance in musical history, developing your skills of research and analysis
- composition techniques, leading to the completion of either original compositions or studies in specific musical styles
- development of your performing skills as a soloist and as part of a group, by practice, rehearsal and public performance


- We teach historical study in a lecture or seminar setting, supported by students preparing presentations or analyses for group discussion and writing essays.
- You will prepare a composition task each week and it will be discussed thoroughly while being marked, in preparation for the composition assessments which are completed under controlled conditions.
- Performing will be covered by individual lessons and extra-curricular group rehearsals. We encourage Post-16 students to take a lead in our ensembles and perform regularly in public, since our groups are often booked by organisations outside school for concerts and other events.
- Concert trips, master classes and visits by professional musicians also give students a wider experience of music beyond school.

Future opportunities

Music is a solid foundation for any type of further study or career involving music or the arts in general. It also develops imagination and creativity and broadens social, cultural and spiritual understanding, all qualities which are valued in many careers.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Wensleydale School & Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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