Examination Board: Edexcel

Course Code: 9MU0

Entry Requirements: GCSE Grade 6 in Music (or performing to at least a strong Instrumental/Vocal Grade 5 standard if you haven’t studied GCSE Music)


Why study Music?

Music A-Level is a study in the language of sound, looking at why and how composers have used particular sounds and combinations of sounds for particular effects. It is exciting and diverse as we study music from across the spectrum of styles from Baroque music to Popular music from the present day, looking at which techniques the composer has used and the historical context that has led them to make these choices.

Music combines academic study with performance and composition to create a varied A-Level which demonstrates a vast range of skills and knowledge. Music A-Level develops your understanding of how music works and develops your critical analytical skills, your evaluative skills, your ability to develop and argument, your performance skills and your skills in creating new music.

What will I study?

A-Level musicians will study a range of music set into six areas of study: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. In addition to this, students will study composition, harmony and performance from the Edexcel board.

What will my lessons be like?

Music lessons will be very varied – one lesson we may be looking at the lengths English composers would go to remove musical German influences during the early 20th Century and in another we may be reviewing a technique to get the best out of your performance. In some lessons, we will look at composing styles and how to use combinations of effects to get a desired outcome.

How will my work be assessed?

The course is assessed through three elements: a recital performance (30%), a composition and harmony exercise (30%) and a written examination, similar to that at GCSE Music (40%). The composition and performance are coursework elements.

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