A Level Music

What will be studied?

A Level in Music will provide a comprehensive introduction to advanced music studies, including performing, composing and analysing music. You will learn about music by a wide range of composers, and explore musical styles and genres.  You will have the opportunity to:

  • Perform on any instrument(s)/voice, including improvisation and music technology
  • Compose music in a style of your choosing, as well as learning how to complete composition briefs using musical techniques.
  • Learn about musical elements, context and language through Areas of Study and set works, showing real examples within different types of music
  • Be involved in many different activities including group work, individual study, tutorials, discussion, practical work and listening

You will be given individual guidance and support in order to fulfil your potential. 

How will I be assessed?

The A Level course is assessed through three components:

  • Performing (30%) – A solo performance lasting at least 8 minutes on your main instrument assessed by a recording marked externally
  • Composing (30%) – Two compositions, one set to a brief set by the board or a self-written brief, and another composition to assess compositional techniques including a choice of arranging music, harmonising chorales or remixing a sample
  • Appraising (40%) – Written examination.  A detailed study of music from the last 400 years through six different areas of music.

What next?

A Level Music is an established and well-respected academic A Level that clearly can lead to further Music study at university or music college.  It also compliments other subjects in the Arts and Humanities as well as opening doors into the Creative Industries.

Further Information:

If you need any further information about studying A Level Music, please contact:

Mrs Moynihan-Case – smoynihancase@bluecoat.uk.com

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