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Music A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

The course is intended to involve students in a practical, creative and intellectual way.
The areas of study cover a wide range of musical styles, from large-scale orchestral
music to Jazz and 20th Century popular music. Students should be able to perform
music at Grade 5 difficulty when they begin the course, and be conversant with the
theory of music at that standard.

Course content

Students will gain an experience of a wide range of musical skills, including performing,
composing and analysing as well as developing an understanding of the historical and
contextual uses of music. Study includes:
 Music for Media (Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino, Hans Zimmer)
 Marriage of Figaro (Mozart)
 Western Classical music

Entry requirements

We preferably require a grade 6 at GCSE. If you are concerned about this, please
discuss with the Music department directly. You may be asked to audition for this


In Year 12, there are three components, as follows:
1. Appraising Music 40%
2. Performance (6 minutes) 30%
3. Composing (2 compositions totalling 4 ½ minutes) 30%

In Year 13, there are a further three units, as follows:
1. Appraising Music 40%
2. Performance 35%
3. Composition 25%

Future opportunities

Obviously the routes forward can be a Music based degree however it is important to
note that Music is thought of very highly at universities as one of the traditional
subjects. We have had students go on to be performers in orchestras and enter

Further information

We expect Music students in the Sixth Form to take a leading role in the musical life of
the school by weekly attendance at lunchtime and ensembles.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years