A Level Music
Music is an integral part of life at Highbury Grove School who are the founding school of the Music in Secondary School’s Trust (The Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber Programme).
A level Music students are the senior musical ambassadors at HGS. They are leaders and mentors to other students- displaying exemplary attitudes and approaches to music practise, attendance at rehearsals and supporting musical events. Students who choose to study Music at A level will study the Edexcel specification. A link to the current specification can be found here.
A level Music comprises three different learning strands:
- Unit 1 (AS) and Unit 4 (A2): Performing- Students must give an extended performance on one or two instruments or voice. Orchestral and non-orchestral instruments can be studied at A level. (30%)
- Unit 2 (AS) and Unit 5 (A2): Composition and Technical Study- Students must compose 1 or 2 pieces of Music and complete harmony exercises in controlled conditions. (30%)
- Unit 3 (AS) and Unit 6 (A2): Further Musical Understanding- Students study up to 10 pieces of Music from a wide range of different genres. Students are expected to be able to answer aural questions and write extended analytical essays about these pieces of Music.
SIXTH FORM HOMEWORK
A level Music students are set regular homework that could take the form of note-taking, essay writing, answering short questions, completing composition exercises using Sibelius 7.5 or Logic X and will always include instrumental/vocal practise.
SIXTH FORM EXTRA-CURRICULAR COMMITMENTS AND OPPORTUNITIES
All A level Music students are expected to attend at least one extra-curricular rehearsal per week in addition to school choir. A level students are also encouraged to form their own ensembles and are often asked to mentor/tutor younger students in rehearsals.