Why choose this specification?

A-level Music provides the opportunity for students to acquire advanced musical skills, knowledge and understanding through listening and analysis, composing and performing. It encourages students to build on the knowledge and experience gained at GCSE and in their musical activities outside the curriculum.

What teachers and students like about A-level Music

Teachers have told us that they like:

  • the emphasis on practical content with plenty of opportunity for creativity and self-expression
  • the variety of practical performance options, including music technology
  • the opportunity to choose between compositional techniques and 'free' composition
  • the optional areas of study which enable them to teach Music suited to their students' preferences and experience
  • the opportunity to study a significant symphonic work.

Skills students will develop with this specification

Students will extend their knowledge and understanding of musical language, styles and genres. They will gain a good foundation for studying Music in higher education or for pursuing other careers in the music industry, and will develop a range of personal qualities including self-confidence, communication and team-working skills, and analytical, technological and evaluation skills.

Support for teaching this specification

We support teachers by:

  • providing a range of on-line resources to help to deliver this specification
  • giving regular up-dates on changes and developments
  • providing exemplar coursework materials and recent past papers on the secure key materials website
  • specialist help from dedicated advisers who can be contacted by 'phone or email
  • offering CPD training courses
  • standardisation of teachers to guide the marking of teacher-assessed coursework.