Music

Course Type: GCE Advanced Level

Department: Music

Why Should I Study This Course?

You will develop your musical analysis skills, develop your performance skills, gain a thorough understanding of harmony, and have freedom of choice in which style you compose. You will play a key role in extra curricular activities, and will have opportunities to lead ensembles and take part in performances at venues such as The Sage Gateshead, Durham Cathedral and Northern Stage. Every year one of our A Level Music students performs a concerto with our school orchestra. A Level Music also provides you with skills which both Universities and employers value.

What Would I Study?

Performance - Develop skills on your first study instrument as well as others if you wish. Your final performance examination will be a solo performance.
Composition - Bach Chorale harmony. A range of compositional styles, with freedom of choice as to what style your final composition is in.
Listening and Appraising - Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, New Directions

How and When is it Assessed?

Performance (30%) - Solo recital of between 8-12 minutes in March of Year 13
Composition (30%) - 2 pieces of composition coursework to be completed in Year 13
Listening and Appraising (40%) - 2 hour written examination at end of Year 13.

Where Can This Course Take me?

Music can lead to a broad range of careers including: Music Producer and Music Editing, Marketing Manager, Professional performance, Freelance composer, Concerts administration, Orchestra tour manager, Teaching (both private instrumental and school). Music is also a highly valued A Level for students studying degrees such as Law, Medicine and Mathematics.