Subject Intent: Why Music?

Music pervades life and is all-encompassing. The Music curriculum helps students develop, engages them creatively and challenges them in an intellectual sense. We intend to unlock our students’ potential through Music and instil a genuine love of the subject through listening, composition, performing and analysing music from a wide range of styles and cultures helping students develop a greater sense of appreciation of the power of music throughout the world. It supports the development of a range of transferable skills such as, communication, memory skills, creativity, collaboration and problem solving that students can employ in their next steps whether that be Higher Education or employment.

What will I study?
Students will learn about a range of types of music, including:
• The development of the symphony jazz music and music created in the twentieth century
The course also involves:
• Performance is 25% or 35% of final score. You will give a solo performance of between eight to twelve minutes in the final year of studies in front of a visiting examiner
• Composition requires you to create two compositions. The piece is set by the exam board, usually from a choice of options plus a free brief
• Listening and appraising/understanding is worth 40% of the final score. This is the only exam

What are the entry requirements?
Please refer to our Course Specific Entry Requirements table here