Music A Level at Wallingford School
Musicians tend to have three things in common; a good musical ear, an appreciation and understanding of some music in some of its forms and styles, and a technical proficiency in one or more instrumental or vocal areas. As a musician you will want to develop these basic skills more fully and will be beginning to think about a specialist for the future, such as composing, arranging, performing, accompanying, analysis and criticism, or music technology. The course not only provides a structured way of achieving high proficiency in the three basic skills but also allows students to start pursuing their individual specialisms.
Students must study Area of study 1: Western classical tradition 1650–1910 and choose two from:
1. Western classical tradition 1650–1910 (compulsory)
2. Pop music
3. Music for media
4. Music for theatre
6. Contemporary traditional music
7. Art music since 1910.
Students should have a GCSE grade B or 6 in the subject they are looking to study at Sixth Form. The exceptions are A levels that have not been taken at GCSE level (e.g. Psychology; Media Studies; Sociology). For these courses we will use the most appropriate GCSE qualification to make a decision. For example, GCSE Maths grade 6 to study Psychology and English Language grade 6 to study Media Studies and Sociology.
A level Music is split into three components:
Unit 1 - Listening
• Contextual understanding
Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music. This
component is worth 40%
Unit 2 - Performance
Musical performance of at least Grade 5 standard.
Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music
production. This component is worth 35%
Unit 3 - Composing
• Composition 1: Composition to a brief
• Composition 2: Free composition
A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required (no more than six minutes).
This component is worth 25%
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wallingford School directly.