Music (A Level)


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A Level

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What Do I Need To Study This Course?

Grade 6 at GCSE Music.

What Will I Study?

Appraising Music:

  • Listening
  • Analysis
  • Contextual understanding 


  • 10 minutes of solo and/or ensemble performance.


  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief
  • Composition 2: Free composition

Students will study, perform and compose music in a variety of genres from classical to pop. Techniques studied should be reflected in the students’ compositions and performances.

How Will I Be Assessed?

Appraising Music

  • Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music.
  • Section A: Listening
  • Section B: Analysis
  • Section C: Essay
  • This component is worth 40% of the marks.

Performing Music

  • Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music production.
  • A minimum of ten minutes of performance in total is required.
  • This component is worth 35%.

Composing Music

  • A minimum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required (no more than six minutes).
  • This component is worth 25%.
Why Study Music (A Level)?