While some students will choose this course because they intend to study music at university or college, it is equally appealing to those who enjoy music or are looking for a subsidiary subject. The skills it develops complement other subjects very well.

This course is divided into three areas, the practical components – performing and composing, and the more theoretical listening and appraising. Students can follow different pathways according to their particular musical strengths.

Students will study pieces of music from the four areas of study below and will build up their theoretical, aural and analytical skills by studying set works and through wider listening.

  • The Classical Concerto
  • Developments of Popular Music
  • Programme Music 1820-1900
  • Innovations in 20th Century Music

Studying A level music can be a leap into music specific careers including: performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher. Music also complements a range of commonly studied A level subjects like Maths, Physics, English and Biology in order to keep higher education options open.

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