A Level Music develops students’ performance skills, in solo and ensemble work, composition and further understanding of harmony.
Students will learn to build their aural and analytical skills by studying set works from the New Anthology of Music. Most students will have achieved a B grade or above at GCSE and be at least grade 6 on their first instrument and have grade 5 Theory.
In AS level students will perform an 8 minute recital on their chosen instrument and compose one piece to a given brief. The final exam focuses on set works and showing aural perception skills and analytical skills.
In A2 the components are the same but the recital is expected to be of Grade 7 – 8 standard and to be 15 minutes long. Rehearsal techniques are further developed as is composition and analysis and students will take their Music knowledge to a level which prepares them for further musical study.
With many students studying one or more musical instruments Music at Finborough is bustling department. There are music ensembles for all genres and instruments, from Madrigal choir to Folk group to Orchestra and Rock bands. Our senior choir regularly performs in local and national festivals and are lucky enough to participate in Music tours; Venice was one of our favourites!
Alongside all these performance opportunities, Sixth Form students have the opportunity to develop their leadership and Musical Direction skills by leading some of the lower school ensembles. A Level students can also run for Music Captain, a post with responsibilities such as Co-Organising Music Tours with the Head of Music, assisting with the School Musical and monitoring practice sessions for the rest of the school. Music Captains also input ideas for development of the department and future concert and productions.
Performance is an important part of Musical life at Finborough and with the Festivals, Tours, Musicals, Cabaret evenings, Recitals, 1940 swing nights, and Rock concerts we really have something for everyone.