A Level Music

Name of course

 

Music

Examining board

Link to specification

AQA   7271 and 7272

www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/as-and-a-level/music-7272

 

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 or above in your principal study instrument

Why Music?

 

 

Studying A level Music will help you:

·Develop knowledge and understanding of a wide range of musical genres.  You will improve your own performance, listening and composition skills

·Develop your creativity and expression

·Acquire a range of important and transferable skills.

You will be supported by passionate and knowledgeable teachers and will be offered a wide range of extra-curricular events and trips which will support your learning.

Course Content

 

 

1.Appraising Music

  1. Listening
  2. Analysis
  3. Contextual understanding
  4. Solo performance
  5. Ensemble performance
  6. Music Production
  7. Composition skills
  8. Musical Theatre
  9. Pop Music
  10. The Baroque Concerto
  11. Mozart Operas
  12. The Piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg

Where could this course lead to?

 

Many of our students go on to study music at the main conservatoires in London. However Music A Level can give you a great mix of social, technical and business skills, which can all help in acquiring the seven skills that define employability. You will develop your team work, communication, discipline and self-management. The experience of performing provides students with skills beyond those on other programmes, requiring knowledge of customer awareness, or interaction with the public, for example.”

In the words of Albert Einstein: “The greatest scientists are artists as well". Music is kind of like part art, part science! Which means it will help you build your problem solving, research, planning, analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as developing your creativity.

Musicians have a wide range of career options available to them both inside and outside the industry, including: performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher. The range of roles can seem quite endless!

There are also more jobs than ever in music business related areas, such as: careers in digital marketing, social media, PR, technology, label services, ticketing and merchandising. It is also common to find music graduates in consultancy, finance, banking, music therapy and legal jobs.

Music complements a range of commonly required A-level subjects like Maths, Physics, English and Biology. These are also known as ‘facilitating subjects’, and selecting a good mix can help keep degree choices wide open.

Suggested Reading and resources

 

 

·Keep up with your practice on your principal study instrument. 

·Try to go to some live performances.

·Make sure you understand the differences between, Baroque, Classical and Romantic music.