Advisory grade 5 in both an instrument and music theory. Music GCSE not essential.
Aims of the course
The A-level specifications encourage students to:
- extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and to take part in making music
- engage in, and extend their appreciation of, the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development
- develop particular strengths and interests encouraging life-long learning and providing access to music-related and other careers
- recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising.
What will I learn?
- You will study the trio of disciplines: performance, composition & historical study. You will develop skills, knowledge and understanding across a wide spectrum of music history, along with the techniques to make you credible and confident performers and composers.
- Music students have lots of opportunities to perform and take part in concerts held in school and out throughout the year. They also produce some outstanding compositions and we have recently forged useful links with Stratford's resident orchestra, The Orchestra of the Swan
- Members of the orchestra have recorded student compositions and given them expert advice on writing for different instruments.
- In addition, a recent A-level student had a piece of Year 13 work published in The British Music Society magazine.
- Exciting recent Music Department tours have included trips to New York and Paris.
- Each year students go on to study Music, Music Technology or Musical Theatre at degree level. Students are fully prepared for the move to further education and are supported and advised by staff as to appropriate courses and universities.
- Universities and employers value Music A-level for its breadth of skills and production of confident and independent students. We maintain contact with all our alumnae and they are always happy to give our current students the benefit of their experiences.