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Music

Welcome to A Level Music

Pre-course preparation

What do our students say about Music?

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.

Maddie joined Crompton House Sixth Form from Royton and Crompton E-ACT Academy; she is studying Music and Drama and English Language

Like many of our Sixth Form students, James completed his Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award during his time in the Sixth Form.

One of the best things about Music A Level is the teachers – they always make the lessons enjoyable by being able to have a laugh whilst working. They are always willing to help, whether it’s a problem with a composition, an essay question or to go over some aspect of performance.
At the start of Year 12 I wish I had known how much time I would have to dedicate to being able to recognise certain techniques, which would have helped me when I was writing my essays and composing. My best advice for people starting the course is to remember that as hard as it can be sometimes, keep motivation to work and never forget to do your practice!
Alongside Music I studied Maths and Chemistry. These might not seem like a logical combination, but lots of people who study Music also do sciences – there are similarities with the attention to detail and dedication required.
I took a gap year after Sixth Form, where I’ve played my euphonium in a range of different local bands. During my gap year, I have received an unconditional offer from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama to study Euphonium. I also applied to the RAF where I am now becoming a member of the RAF Reserve Band – I will play with them throughout my degree.

A Level Music Performance

Hear Julian play Vocalise by Rachmaninov as practice for his A Level Music performance.