A-Level Edexcel 8MU01/9MUO1
A-Level Music is a tough but thoroughly rewarding course, aimed at dedicated musicians who have the passion to pursue their musical studies. Students need to be grade 4 (or equivalent) or higher on their main instrument or voice. Grade 5 Music Theory is preferable, but not essential. Grade 5 Music Theory is also taught at Falmouth School and A-Level students can also take this additional qualification alongside the A-Level.
Year 12 – AS Music
Unit 1: Performance recital, 5-6 minutes in length(Grade 5 standard or higher)
Unit 2: Composition based on a given brief from the exam board. Composition needs to be 3 minutes in length, fully notated and submitted with a live recording.
Unit 3: Listening, set works and Music theory. A two hour exam, including a listening test based on set works, short essay questions based on set works and a Music theory question, testing knowledge of keys, chords and cadences.
Year 13 – A2 Music
Unit 4: Performance recital, 12-15 minutes in length. (Grade 6 standards or higher)
Unit 5: Composition, either:
Option A: Two 3 minute compositions.
Option B: Two composition exercises, (e.g. Bach Chorale) completed in two, 3 hours exams.
Option C: One composition 3 minutes, One composition exercise.
Further Study and Career Opportunities
Whether you are planning to study music at University or not, Universities and future employers love musicians. It shows you have team working skills, self motivation and dedication. Most Universities have orchestras, for which they are always keen to recruit new members. If you wish to pursue music at degree level, then A-Level music is essential.