My favourite thing about studying Music A Level is the compositions. They challenge me in so many ways, it can be frustrating but it gives me motivation to be that little bit better with each one I do.
One thing I wish I had known before I started was how open minded to the styles of music and the composers we study I needed to be. Some of them were a shock to the system when we first started! My advice for the new Year 12 Music class would be to have an open mind and don’t lose sight of the passion you have for the subject, without the passions it feels 10x harder than it is.
As well as studying Music, I chose Drama and English Language. Obviously the performance side of Music and Drama tie together, but all three require analysis of materials and the ability to appreciate different styles and techniques.
My plan for after Sixth Form is to go to an Arts University and do either a Music Performance or Musical Theatre degree.
Hear Julian play Vocalise by Rachmaninov as practice for his A Level Music performance.