Sir William Perkins's School Sixth Form Prospectus - Other - Page 38
EXAM BOARD: AQA
- Lunchtime and evening concerts
inside and out of school.
- Music trips.
- Independent concert attendance.
The course aims to provide many opportunities for students to develop performing and composing skills and broaden
musical experience and interests. Those studying the course will develop their time management, communication, problem
solving, research, analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as improving their creativity and imagination. Students will
also learn technology skills through using computers to create and record music.
Music is for students who love performing, composing and listening to music. Those who spend many hours pursuing
musical activities will find this an effective way of using their talents and time to gain a formal qualification. Membership
of an instrumental or vocal group is recommended to develop ensemble skills and broaden experience.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Component 1: Appraising music. Students will study the Baroque Solo Concerto, Mozart Opera, Romantic Piano Music,
Music for Theatre and Art Music since 1910 whilst developing your aural and music analysis skills.
Component 2: Performance. Students will aim to advance performance skills throughout the course. It is highly advised
that students continue to have formal lessons with their instrumental or singing teacher.
Component 3: Composition. During Year 12 students will learn techniques which they will practise in short exercises to
develop composing skills in preparation for starting free composition in the summer term.
UNIVERSITY / CAREERS
Music is considered an academic subject and combines well with other subjects for entry into many degree courses and
careers e.g. Sound Engineering with a combination of Music, Physics and Maths. A level Music is essential for studying
Music at university or in a conservatoire. Career options include performing, working in radio, TV, the film industry,
publishing, teaching, music therapy, journalism.
Grade 7 GCSE Music. Alternatively, those who have not taken GCSE Music, must be a confident performer, at least
grade 6 by the start of the course, fluent in reading music and have a good understanding of theory (at least grade 5).
2½ hours paper, three sections: Listening, Analysis
of set works, and one Essay, using excerpts of
music on a CD controlled by the candidate.
Externally assessed. You will submit at least ten
minutes of solo and/or ensemble performances
as an instrumentalist and/or singer.
Externally assessed. You will compose two pieces,
one in response to an externally set brief, the
other a free composition.