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EDEXCEL: A Level Music

Music A level provides opportunities for students to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding in music, embracing creative, interpretative, historical and analytical aspects of the subject. Music is also a context for personal growth through the diversity of serious study in music, and thereby promotes academic independence and self-discipline, broadens intellectual and emotional responses, stimulates critical discrimination and heightens social and cultural awareness.

It is expected that students will be continuing one-to-one music tuition throughout the A level course, and that they will have a knowledge of Music Theory up to Grade 5 standard.

Course Content

Component Assessment Weighting
Performing At the end of the two-year course, candidates will be required to give a performance of an 8 minute recital, which will be recorded. This can include solo, ensemble, improvisation and music technology elements 30%
Composing  Two compositions (totalling 6 minutes in length) are required for this element of the course. One composition must be from a brief (set by the board) which assesses compositional techniques. The other composition can either be a free composition, or from a brief set by the board 30%
Appraising A two-hour paper including listening and essay questions related to set works, which are studied over the two years. They come under the following categories: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. 40%

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Looking Further Ahead

Recent students have progressed to study Music at a range of higher education establishments, including conservatories. The course also provides opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to music related and other careers.