MUSIC - Key Stage 5
We offer AS and A Levels from the EDEXCEL exam board in Music. Details of the syllabi can be found on the EDEXCEL website.
A and AS Level Music
Music can be studied in combination with any other subjects and is an excellent preparation for many degree courses. The course is designed to develop students' existing talents in the disciplines of musical performance and composition whilst also teach them new skills about score analysis, the theory of harmony and basic listening techniques. It provides them with a foundation for further study of the subject.
Video: Current A Level Music students taking part in a Gamelan workshop studying the piece Gong Kebyar de Sebatu by Baris Melampahan, one of the A2 set-works.
The single AS Level, completed in one year, comprises three modules in Unit 1: Performance (30%); Unit 2: Composition (30%) and Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding (40%). In the Upper Sixth students take a further three modules, Unit 4: Extended Performance (30%); Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study (30%) and Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding, to gain an award in A Level Music.
Success in AS or A-level Music is often down to a student’s enthusiasm and love of the subject and a real commitment on their part to develop their individual talents in the subject. Regular practice on their chosen instrument is essential for Units 1 and 4 of the course whilst a willingness to give up their free time to come into the department and experiment with compositional ideas and plans is a key component of achieving well in Units 2 and 5.
Audio: A composition by Lower Sixth student Harry Williams in response to a brief to "Compose a song using a text on the theme of war".
Music B and/or ABRSM Grade 5 theory
English Language – C
An ability to read basic treble and bass clef notation is essential
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