Music (A Level)

OCR A-Level Music

The focus of A-Level Music is on providing a contemporary, accessible and creative education in music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and appraising. We encourage students to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with areas of study that are designed to inspire and challenge them.

Entry requirements: GCSE Music 6 and above. We would like external candidates to do an audition with their instrument of choice. 

Career opportunities:

  • Music producer
  • Music therapist
  • Musician
  • Private music teacher
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Sound designer
  • Sound engineer
  • Sound technician, broadcasting/film/video
  • Special effects technician

What will I study? In addition to continuing your performance and compositional development you will look at the following areas of study:

  • Instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
  • Popular song: Blues, jazz, swing and big band
  • Instrumental jazz from 1910 to the present day
  • Religious music of the Baroque period
  • Programme music 1820 to 1910
  • Innovations in music from 1900 to the present day

You can specialise in Performance or Composition, giving weightings of 35% for your Focus and 25% for your second choice [Performance 35%, Composition 25% or Composition 35%, Performance 25%]

First Year 

  • You will build your Musicianship skills
    • Chord Theory
    • Advanced Rhythmic Development
    • Melodic decoration
    • Basic rules of counterpoint
    • And all other processes that will support your musical development
  • We will study the set work in detail and also analyse a broad selection of Music Repertoire

Second Year

  • You will complete your composition and performance coursework
  • We will review your Listening Paper preparation
  • You will sit your final Listening Paper,

Assessment overview: The key features of the assessment include:

  • A performance component – a non-exam assessment completed during the course
  • A composition component – a non-exam assessment completed during the course
  • An examined listening and appraisal component sat at the end of the course
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