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Music - A Level

A level Music students will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.


The course is split into 3 main elements – Performance, Composition & Listening.

Vocal music

  • J. S. Bach, Cantata, Ein feste Burg
  • Vaughan Williams, On Wenlock Edge

 Instrumental music

  • Clara Wieck-Schumann, Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17: movement 1
  • Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

 Film Music

  • Danny Elfman, Batman Returns
  • Bernard Herrmann, Psycho  

Pop music and Jazz

  • Courtney Pine, Back in the Day
  • Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
  • Beatles, Revolver


  • Debussy, Estampes
  • Anoushka Shankar, Breathing Under Water

 New Directions

  • Kaija Saariaho, Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics
  • Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring


Exam Board: Edexcel


8 minute live performance (it can be solo or ensemble or a mix of both)


1 composition set to a brief by the exam board (40 marks) & 1 Bach Chorale (20 Marks)


3 listening questions, 1 dictation question, 2 essay questions 2 hour 10 minute exam.

Entry Requirements

GCSE Music Grade 6+

Leading to a career in: Music Therapist, Music Producer, Music Teacher

This subject goes well with: Art, English, Religious Studies, History, Maths

Student views

“The music content has made me expand my playlist, I have gained a wide knowledge of lots of different types of music & thoroughly enjoyed it.”