What is it?
A comprehensive introduction to advanced music studies, including performing, composing and analysing music. You will learn about music by a wide range of composers, and explore musical styles and genres.
Why study this subject at Blackpool Sixth?
As a music student, you will receive weekly one-to-one tuition on your first-study instrument. Students get the chance to take part in our amazing concert series, including performances all over the Fylde coast, as well as our annual international concert tour. Recent tour destinations have included Italy, Germany and New York.
The college has become a lead educational partner of the Leeds College of Music in recognition of our high standards in music education.
What skills will I develop?
- Critical analysis
- Essay writing
- Historical understanding
- Aesthetic comparison
How will I be taught?
- Performance – you will have weekly one-to-one lessons on your first-study instrument or voice
- Composition – two lessons per week in a group tutorial setting
- Analysis – two lessons per week, including teacher-led discussion and independent analysis
How will I be assessed?
30% practical exam (performance)
30% composition coursework
40% written exam
Composition and analysis are taught by the course leader, who is appointed as an examiner for Edexcel and has many years of experience preparing students for studying music at prestigious universities, including Oxford, Durham, Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. Performance is taught by individual specialists, who are highly skilled and experienced.
Field trips, projects and employability opportunities
Music students will have the opportunity to take part in our excellent enrichment activities, including Big Band, Choir and annual musical theatre production. We hold numerous concerts throughout the year and students will also be able to take part in visits to professional concerts. The college regularly takes international trips to perform in exciting locations. Recent trips have included New York, Venice and the Rhine Valley.
Where does it lead?
A level Music students often choose to study music at a university or conservatoire, and many Blackpool Sixth students have achieved significant success in studying at the country’s most prestigious institutions. Recently, students have studied at many Russell Group universities, including Oxford, Durham, Manchester and Leeds. The college also has a strong track record of sending students to conservatoires, including The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, and Leeds College of Music.
Edexcel AS/A level Anthology of Music, RRP £40.75.
- Must have practical ability on your first-study instrument (or voice) at grade 5 ABRSM standard or above (no need to have taken the exam). Students must also have passed (or be working towards) ABRSM grade 5 theory.
What will I study?
- Performance – you will work on repertoire at grade 6 standard and above, developing technical flexibility and skills of interpretation
- Composition – working to a brief, you will learn to create atmosphere using orchestral forces
- Analysis – you will analyse musical features and historical contexts of a range of ‘set works’ covering around 400 years of musical history