Practical music-making is integral to this course.
Music A level provides an excellent all-round education in the varied aspects of music making. Skill areas cover performing and composing as well as aural, harmony and historical analysis. It is a creative subject which provides opportunities to work in your own preferred styles, while retaining a focus on traditional Western classical music.
The course has a large coursework element which enables you to work at length and in detail on your coursework submissions. Practical music making is integral to the course; solo and/or ensemble playing is required so you must have regular lessons with a suitably qualified professional on your main instrument or voice.
Within the department, there is an excellent and varied extracurricular programme including the following groups: chamber choir, College choir, folk/roots group, Vox Pop, jazz orchestra, symphony orchestra and wind orchestra. You are required to be part of at least two of these groups.
Professional musicians provide coaching for instrumental award ensembles and there are regular extension events including trips to concerts/operas, workshops, careers talks, university talks and concert tours.
"I love music at Hills because every lesson is great fun, working with others on a variety of pieces. I'm always in the music block at lunch playing and singing in all sorts of groups." Ross Williams, Music student.
Performing 30% - solo and/or ensemble performance (8 minutes).
Composing 30% - two compositions, one to a set brief and the other either free composition or also to a brief.
Appraising 40% - listening and written questions on set works. Proposed areas of study to include:
- Instrument Music.
- Music for Film.
- Popular Music and Jazz.
- Vocal Music.
- New Directions.
GCSE grade 6 in Music AND grade 5 instrument or voice
Grade 5 instrument or voice AND grade 5 Music Theory (or equivalent).
Music A level provides an excellent foundation for further study of music (either at a conservatoire or university) and it is a highly regarded academic subject.