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Music A Level *FEES PAYABLE* at Padworth College

Course description

Music is a synthesis of logic and imagination. Based on a firm foundation of musical knowledge you can interpret and appraise, create compositions and perform which will satisfy you and inspire others. This is a stimulating course which will guide you through the Western Classical Tradition, detailed analysis of a Set Work and a Historical Study of either Pop, Jazz and Blues, Musical Theatre, Choral and Chamber Music, Song , Programme Music , Music for Screen , Music and Belief, Music for the Stage, Post-1945 Popular Music, music evolution, forms, depending on your area of study.

Two performances of at least grade 5 standard

Two compositions relating to a specific area of study.

Course content

What you need to know
To be successful in A Level Music, we expect you to be able to demonstrate a technical and performance ability and show a commitment to study different styles of music.

All A Level Music students should be prepared to:

Keep a glossary of key terminology which is updated each week.
Practice technical exercises outside class time.
Rehearse performance pieces outside class time.
Carry out research into two areas of study and the key practitioners from those areas.
Listen to a wide range of music from a variety of genres.

Financial information

Fees may be charged for this course

Further information

Suggested reading
The Concise Oxford History of Music, Gerald Abraham.
The History of Western Music, Donald J. Grout and J. Peter Burkholder.
The New Cambridge Music Guide, Stanley Sadie and Alison Latham.

Want to get a headstart in A Level Music?   Listen to as wide a variety of music as possible

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Padworth College directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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