At least 5 GCSEs graded 9-5 including English or Maths at grade 4 or above. Grade 5 in an instrument/voice. Students without Grade 5 theory will need to undertake a short theory exam.
Why Should You Take This Course?
If you can play an instrument to Grade 5 standard and are interested in analysing a broad range of music, composing and performing, this course will help strengthen those skills. You should have a broad understanding of the development of Western music and be able to play your instrument in a range of styles. It is essential that you are able to read music.
The course is made up of three components that focus on different skill sets
Component 1 (Performance)
Focused on the development of your performance on your instrument culminating in a solo performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
Component 2 (Composing)
These elements look at the creation of pieces of music using a wide variety of techniques it leads to the creation of three compositions, two set to a brief and one free composition.
Component 3 (Appraising)
You will look at a wide range of musical history/development in the Western tradition through six areas of study:
How will I be assessed?
Component 1: 25% or 35% depending on option taken (Option 1 Composition/Option 2 Performance)
Component 2: 25% or 35% depending on option taken (Option 1 Composition/Option 2 Performance)
Component 3: Written examination (40%) responding to questions relating to the area of studies.
What could I do next?
You could study Music at degree level at a University or music college. Professional work is diverse but includes performing, teaching, management, TV, radio and record production.
If you wish to apply for 2022-2023 academic year, please complete the online application form.