Exam Board AQA

Why Should I Study This Course?

Do you want to progress your passion for Music, do something in the musical world or even go on to university to study at degree level? This course will offer you the chance to study a variety of modules that are designed to develop you as a performer as well as your general musical skills, including harmony, composition and music theory.

The A level Music course is a very practical course and has direct links to pursuing music as a career.

What Kind of Student is This Suitable For?

Committed, serious musicians who are ready for a real challenge.

Course Breakdown

Year 1
Unit 1 Influences on Music
The topic covered in this unit is the study of British popular music from 1960-present day and the classical tradition.

Unit 2 Composing: Creating Musical Ideas
Students will investigate compositional techniques and carry out a free composition or pastiche in response to a given brief. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in arranging their musical ideas.

Unit 3 Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas
Solo and/or ensemble performances will be performed in this unit, which may include technology based performances.

Year 2
Unit 4 Music in Context
Further topics are covered in this unit – The Western Classical Tradition and Four Decades of Jazz and Blues (1910-1950)

Unit 5 Composing: Creating Musical Ideas
Compositional techniques will be covered in this unit along with a free composition or pastiche in response to a chosen brief.

Unit 6 Performing: A Musical Performance
In this unit a choice of solo, acoustic and/or technology based performances will be carried out.

Where Can it Take Me?

A Level Music is a mandatory requirement for students wishing to continue their music studies either at university or at a conservatoire.

The use of IT for the composing elements of this course, will help any student wishing to study:-

• engineering
• music technology
• recording

Music Teaching Staff

This course is delivered by:
Mrs S Nelson-Fish
Ms S Pilsworth