Mr J A Webb MA Cantab, ARCO PGCE (Head of Department); Mr A D Norburn B Mus Birmingham, LTCL, ALCM, PGCE

Examination Body: AQA

A Level Music is intended to deepen and broaden the skills developed at GCSE. For a skilled performer it is not necessary to have studied music at GCSE. The three main skill areas, understanding, performance, and composition, are developed to a high level. Pupils also gain an insight into the social and historical context of specific pieces of music.

The AQA course suits pupils who wish to build upon their musical performing skills whilst improving their understanding of harmony and the history of music. You will learn three components:

Analysis and Contextual Understanding: The areas of study provide a focus for pupils to develop listening skills and develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

Performing: Pupils will be given the opportunity to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble.

Composition: Pupils will submit two compositions at the end of the two-year course. The composition portfolio must be longer than four and a half minutes in total.

Alexander Maynard

After achieving Grade 8 on the cello, Alexander studied A Level Music at Hull Collegiate between 2011 and 2013. He gained an A grade and a place to study Music at Cambridge University, where he played in various orchestras, bass in a jazz band, directed musical shows and was a choral scholar. Alexander graduated from Cambridge in 2016 and is currently pursuing a performing career in London.

Richard Witvliet

Richard achieved Grade 8 on the piano and an A grade in A Level music in 2015. Whilst at Hull Collegiate Richard gave numerous solo performances, as well as singing in the choir and playing in bands. He is currently studying Psychology at Hull University.

Olivia Thompson

Olivia is a bass guitarist and flautist. She played in her own band whilst at Hull Collegiate and studied A Level Music, gaining a place at the prestigious Royal Northern College of Music on their popular music course, starting in 2016.