A-Level Music

A-Level Music


Mrs L Bowerman-Ellis




A Level Music


GCSE Grade 4, or equivalent instrumental skills. Some keyboard skills would be advantageous.

Why choose A-Level Music?

The Blandford School is extraordinarily well set up for music with state of the art facilities for rehearsing, composing and studying music. The music A Level is an opportunity for you to pursue your own musical interests as well as broaden your skills and knowledge through studying a broad variety of music.

What you will study in A-Level Music?

The performing unit requires students prepare for a recital towards the end of course which must be a minimum of eight minutes. This could be as a soloist or member of an ensemble. The composition unit requires the study of harmony, composing arrangements and remixing. This will involve an exam at the end of the course as well as composing in response to a set brief. Appraising is the academic aspect of the course and requires the study of six topics: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.

How you will be assessed in A-Level Music?

 Performing (30%) – a live performance of some music of your choice (between 8 and 12 minutes in total)
 Composing (30%) – Total of two compositions, one to a brief and one either a free composition or also to a brief
 Appraising (40%) – One written paper of 2 hours.

Additional Information

It is recommended that students who do A Level Music aim to complete Grade 5 Music Theory by the end of the course.

21 April, 2021


Updated 30/03/2021


URGENT Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter holiday

Dear Parent/Carer


Action to take if there is a positive Covid-19 test in your household over the Easter period

The latest Government advice is as follows:  where a student or staff member tests positive for coronavirus having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should NOT be contacted.  Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

If a student tests positive up to and including Wednesday, 7th April you must contact the school’s emergency number

07857 113728

Please provide the following information:

Name and year group of the student who has tested positive

Date of positive test

Date symptoms developed

Date student was last in school

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The school will identify and contact families of close contacts during any lessons and tutor periods, and also families of any known social contacts provided by you.

Please leave your own contact details, including email and telephone number.

You do not need to contact the school if a member of your household tests positive, but you should follow the advice of NHS Test and Trace in terms of isolation required within your household.

I would like to thank the entire school community for your support and co-operation during this unusual and difficult half-term.

With best wishes for a restful half-term break,

Sally Wilson


21 April, 2021


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