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Music at Teddington School

Course description

A Level Music promotes rigour and focus as effectively as creativity and expression. It will allow you to develop every aspect of your musicianship, analysis to performance, in a huge variety of musical settings.

Who would it suit?

If you play an instrument or are a vocalist and are interested in developing a wider knowledge of music, this is the course for you. Analytical minds that thrive on logic will enjoy the study of harmony whilst fans of chaos will warm to improvisation. If you are a performer who seeks to hone your instrumental skills in a range of ensembles you will find this an excellent platform to shine.

Course content

The A Level music course is broken into three main strands: performing, composing and listening. Performance skills will be embedded into the course and frequent opportunities to try out recital programmes and to showcase talents are provided. Composition is taught as an organic process; group practical composition sessions get the ball rolling before individual time is spent developing and refining. These sessions are often taught in tutorial style. The listening section of the course comprises of several set works covering a huge range of styles and influences to suit the tastes of every student and to stretch and inspire. The study of set works is taught practically at first, enabling a deeper connection with the music, before group discussion and analysis.

For the composition element, you will select one of four briefs to compose a three-minute piece of music in both years. Compositions can be recorded live or submitted on a MIDI recording through use of our sequencing software. In addition you will write a sleeve note for AS and complete a technical study at A2. Performance includes a six-minute AS and a fifteen-minute A2 recital as a solo or including ensemble elements. It can be performed as an open or closed recital depending on individual preferences.


Entry requirements

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Each year concludes with a two-hour examination that assesses a range of skills including set work study and application of harmony.

Future opportunities

Progression Routes

The study of music will add an extra layer of context for many arts and humanities subjects. The attention to detail and focus on sequence and form makes music an excellent complement to the logical pursuits such as physics or maths too. A recent survey for Oxford University suggests that A level Music is an excellent (and incredibly useful) choice


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 23 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years


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    • Our core purpose of our Sixth Form at Teddington is to focus on the individual student from the moment you join us and to ensure you realise your unique potential academically, physically and socially through dedicated, innovative and enthusiastic teaching and learning. We expect you to learn to take responsibility for your own learning and to demonstrate a committed and conscientious approach to your studies to enable you to carve and secure your future pathway.

      We believe that both excellence and progress should be equally celebrated. We believe we can achieve and aspire to greater things. We will accomplish this through the sharpening of our academic skills and social awareness which will allow us to adapt to an ever-changing society and become responsible citizens of tomorrow.

      Please take the time to invest in your future success by looking at the extensive range of courses and activities we have to offer and we look forward to discussing your future in our community sixth form.