- The school stages musical productions, concerts, festivals, recitals, and other events, all of which can be counted towards coursework.
- The department is equipped with computers and specialist music software, including Sonar Producer and Home Studio, Logic and Sibelius. It contains a professional quality recording studio that is used accessible to all pupils.
- The smaller class sizes guarantee individual guidance and tuition.
- The department runs exciting trips and excursions ranging from London theatre and concert visits to performing arts workshops in New York City.
- Facilities include practice rooms, a recital room, two large classrooms, a recording room, a chapel with harpsichord, grand piano, and organ, and the Performing Arts Centre.
- Peripatetic music teachers offer lessons in voice and most instruments which can be scheduled during your free lesson times.
- love playing an instrument and performing?
- like exploring and creating new music?
- enjoy listening to music from a range of styles?
- wonder about how and why music has developed the way it has?
If yes, then the A level Music course is for you! Where else can you play music and get coursework credit for it, create and record your own music, listen to music in class, and learn about different styles of music?
Music is suitable both for those who wish to continue their musical studies at college or university and those who simply wish to gain a wider understanding of the subject because of the interest and enjoyment they get from it through performance. It is not the domain of the ‘classical musician’; jazz and popular styles are equally acceptable. A high standard of performance is expected.
Students will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony. They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the New Anthology of Music and wider listening.
The A level Music course provides an excellent basis for lifelong learning and for Higher Education courses in Music, and many students who take A level Music continue their studies at university. The three units of the course can lead to studies in performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound engineering, conducting, popular music and jazz, and music education.
How will I study?
Classes are taught using a variety of methods, striking a lively balance between performing, composing and listening. Every lesson will be practical and informative and suitable independent work will be given to supplement the course. Candidates are expected to contribute towards the musical life of the school by performing and/or composing; this can be used as coursework. What do I need to start the course? Candidates are expected to be able to perform to at least Grade 5 standard on either voice or an instrument, though graded exams do not have to have been taken. Although helpful, it is not a requirement to have taken GCSE Music and earned a Grade B or above in order for an able musician to take the subject at AS or A level. A knowledge of music theory and score reading is helpful.
For full course specifications visit: http://www.edexcel.com/quals/gce/gce08/music/music