- A Level
- Entry requirements: GCSE Grade 5 in Music or no GCSE Music but grade 5+ in your instrument
- Goes well with: Art, Food
Music is constantly evolving, inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can. This course is a relevant and contemporary A Level qualification that offers the chance to study a wide range of musical genres. The course brings listening, performance and composition to life in new and engaging ways and links to the world around us like never before. Every student has different learning styles and musical tastes, which is why this course values all music styles, skills and instruments. You will be required to: analyse study pieces in depth, appraise unfamiliar music, perform on your instrument a programme of 10-12 minutes and compose two compositions throughout the length of the course.
Component 1: Appraising Music (40%) Listening Paper
The areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language. There are seven areas of study: The Western Classical Tradition (compulsory), Rock and Pop, Music Theatre, Jazz,and Into the Twentieth Century. Students must study Area of study 1: Western classical tradition 1650–1910 and choose one from Rock and Pop. Music Theatre and Jazz. They will also explode two strands of set works in Area of study 1.
Component 2: Performance (35%) Coursework
Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrument or vocalist. There is a minimum requirement of 10 minutes of performance. Through their performance students must also demonstrate understanding of context, including the chosen style or genre of the music being performed and the composer’s purpose and intention.
Component 3: Composition (25%) Coursework
Two compositions: one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. The combined duration of the compositions must be a minimum of four minutes. Compositions must demonstrate technical control in the use of appropriate musical elements and how they are combined to make sense as a whole. A programme note of 150 words accompanies each composition.
"Music not only helps us develop our knowledge of our instrument, performing and composition, it helps us to visit the world, past and present, and give us insight of cultures, places and people along the way."