The Sixth Form
The examination contains six units of assessment, three for AS and three for A2. Every boy taking music will have the opportunity to undertake analytical and historical study of music, perform solo/ensemble music, and compose music. There is a close relationship between this examination and the work undertaken at GCSE.
- Performing: a portfolio of performance undertaken during the year and a recorded solo performance which is teacher examined and externally moderated (15%)
- Composing: free composition (15%)
- Developing Musical Understanding: listening, analysing set works, and stylistic composition (20%)
A level (A2)
- Extended Performance: a 15 minute instrumental or vocal recital (15%)
- Composition and Technical Study: a portfolio of free compositions and stylistic compositions (15%)
- Further Musical Understanding: listening and analysing set works (20%)
The ability to perform to a high standard (minimum ABRSM grade 7) as both a soloist and as a member of an ensemble is essential. Good keyboard skills are advantageous.
After A level
A good performance at Music A level is obviously a necessary entrance qualification for those intending to read music at university or to study music at music college. In addition, Music A level provides students with analytical and critical skills as well as creative and practical skills, and a broad cultural understanding. These are valuable assets for most undergraduate study.
Music will be placed into a block by June. This decision will enable the maximum number of boys to take the subject concerned. Once the blocks are finalised, Music cannot be moved.