Entry Requirements:


Grade B in Music





Unit 1 - 'Influences in Music' - 30% AS 15% A2

Unit 2 - 'Composing - creating musical ideas' - 30% AS 15% A2

Unit 3 - 'Performing - interpreting musical ideas' - 40% AS 20% A2



Unit 4 - "Influences in Music" (20% A2): You will sit a written exam that includes a listening      test and 2 essays (one on the set work - Shostakovich Symphony no. 5, and the other on the set genre - Romanic Chamber Music).

Unit 5 - "Developing Musical Ideas" (15% A2): You will complete a composition to a set brief, incorporating advanced harmony.

Unit 6 - "A Musical Performance" (15% A2): You will complete one 10-15 minute recital on a solo instrument, or a shorter solo recital and a music technology task


Future Opportunities:


This course is perfect for those wishing to progress on to studying music at university or for those who have a genuine enjoyment of the subject and wish to study it alongside other qualifications. It can prepare you for a wide range of careers in music such as teacher, performer, composer, music therapist or a career in performing arts.


A2 Music; Edexcel AS Music Technology; University and College Entry Preparation; Recreational and Social Musical Activities


Further Information:


Performance opportunities both within school and in the wider community; a wide selection of ensembles; workshops with Music in the Round; Music College/University trips, concert trips


Please note: This subject is delivered at Tapton School as part of the Tapton Academy Trust Partnership. A free minibus is provided to transport students between lessons






Taught at Tapton School



A level music involves performing, composing, listening and analytical skills in almost equal measure. Students improve their skills in performing by taking part in a range of solo and ensemble activities during the course. They work on original compositions and on compositional technique exercises, submitting one composition at the end of the course. Set works include pieces from the western classical tradition but other genres of music will be covered for the listening exam.


Course Content:


The knowledge, skills and understanding to communicate through music; appreciation of the diverse musical heritage while developing strengths, interests and imagination; fostering creativity and promoting personal and social development.


  • Solo and Ensemble Performing.
  • Composing both original music and in historical styles.
  • Analysing and appraising music from a wide range of genres and periods.


At A2 you will be composing or performing to a higher level; ensemble and solo music making; compositional techniques; appraising and analysis of a range of musical styles; wider knowledge of musical styles through extended listening.


You will further develop your practical skills on an instrument and understand what makes a good performance at A2 level.  Practical lessons will focus on gaining performance experience, developing good practise techniques and musical interpretation.  There will also be opportunities to perform within concerts.


You will learn advanced harmony techniques, including writing chromatic chords within a suitable progression. You will develop a greater understanding of what makes a successful composition by analysing existing pieces of music.


You will further improve your aural skills by practising sight singing, melody dictation and interval and chord recognition, including chromatic harmony. You will develop an understanding of a wide range of musical genres.
























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Sheffield S6 5HG

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