There are three main units to the A Level Music course: Performing; Composing and Understanding Music. If you have completed GCSE Music, this structure will be familiar to you:
A performance lasting 8 minutes for any instrument in any style. The standard required is around grade 7 and you will receive additional marks for anything equivalent to grade 8 standard or above.
You compose a piece for instruments or voices in any style. You will create your own brief stating the context and audience for the composition. The composition must be 4 minutes long.
Composition also includes a harmony component. This is writing 4-part SATB harmony in the style of J. S. Bach. This will teach you many fundamentals of music that will also help you with your composition and analysis.
Developing Musical Understanding You will study a large range of music from baroque, to jazz, to world / fusion and the avant guarde. Your knowledge will be examined with listening questions and essay questions. You will also be asked questions about previously unheard music
6 grade 5s (or equivalent), including at least a grade 5 in English Language or Literature.
At least a 5 in the relevant subject if taken.
Music can open the doors to many different careers and you don’t need to want to be a professional musician to study the A-level course. Music is considered to be a strong choice by universities as it demonstrates commitment, dedication and creativity as well as good analytical skills and learning in different contexts. Students who take music A-level may go on to be: teachers, performers, recording engineers, journalists and much more besides!