Music - A Level AQA

This is a course designed to broaden and explore the many aspects of music through the three elements: performance, composition and listening. The units will allow students to understand and utilise musical developments through time and across the genres, to enable them to become professional musicians.

A performance with a minimum duration of 10 minutes, of one or more chosen pieces in any genre, on any instrument or voice. The performance can be a solo, ensemble or improvisation, or a mixture recorded in the studio.

Students will compose two pieces of music. One must be in response to an externally set brief, set in the second year, and the other a free composition of your choice.

The exam is in three parts: listening, where students will be assessed on their ability to analyse and evaluate the music heard; analysis where students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of musical elements and musical language, and an essay, where students will be assessed on their critical understanding and ability to show connections between the music and its context.

Areas of study:
Compulsory - Western Classical Tradition 1650–1910
Two of the following - pop music, music for media, music for theatre, jazz and contemporary traditional music.

Taught Through:
Teacher and student led: seminar; discussion; peer assessment; independent research; practical outside workshops;performance; listening.

What could you be?
Performer; Teacher; Composer; Arranger; Researcher; Administrator; Music Therapy; Education; Arts Administration; Music Editor; Media.
Where could you go?
BIMM; Southampton; Roehampton; Performance Conservatoires: Royal School of Music; Cardiff; Royal Welsh College of Music; BBC and Sky Arts Team.

Entry Recommendations:
Grade 4 or above in Music GCSE. Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, Trinity College or Rock School Theory and/or practical grades are desirable.
- Written
- Performance
- Composition

Sarah Shuttleworth

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