Head of Department
Mrs J Williams
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Music or a minimum of Grade 5 instrumental/vocal exam plus Grade 5 theory.

Exam Board

AQA

Why Choose Music?

Music is regarded by the top universities as a rigorous A-level as it covers a wide range of skills over the course. These include studying the historical context of various styles of music and the inherent traditions of the era; being able to read notation fluently enough to be able to analyse a musical score; using a wide range of technical vocabulary to describe musical features; the self discipline required to progress on an instrument through independent practice; manual dexterity and not forgetting a passion for playing and listening to a wide range of music.

You should enjoy playing or singing – especially in a group, as this enhances your ensemble skills. You should be prepared to embrace new styles of music, new concepts and be able to appreciate the technicalities of creativity in terms of structure and devices used by composers of all genres. 

What is Involved?

You will study one compulsory area of study: Western Classical tradition 1650-1910. This involves becoming very familiar with the music aurally, analysing the score and learning about the historical context. There is a written exam with sound extracts. The strands are:

  • Baroque solo concerto
  • The operas of Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
  • Romantic piano music: Brahms, Chopin and Grieg

You will then choose two further areas of study after discussion with staff, chosen from the following:

  • Pop Music: Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Muse, Beyonce, DaftPunk, Labrinth
  • Music for Media: Hermann, Zimmer, Giacchino, Newman, Uematsu
  • Music for Theatre: Weill, Rodgers, Sondheim, Schonberg, Brown
  • Jazz: Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis, Metheny, Simcock
  • Contemporary Traditional Music: Piazzolla, Diabete, Shankar, Mariza, Bellowhead
  • Art Music since 1910: Shostakovitch, Messiaen, Reich, MacMillan

You will also give a recital of solo/ensemble music for a minimum of 10 minutes which should be around grade 6-8 standard. 

There are also two compositions to complete – one that is chosen from a given brief and one free composition.

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