Music A level
The AQA A-Level Music course provides a comprehensive study of both the practical and theoretical aspects of music. It is designed to expand upon the knowledge acquired at the GCSE level and to prepare students for higher education or a career in music. As of my knowledge cutoff in September 2021, the main components of the AQA A-Level Music course include:
1. **Appraising Music:** This is the theoretical part of the course and generally covers the study of different genres, styles, and periods of music. The aim is to develop critical and analytical listening skills. This component typically includes the study of set works from the AQA anthology.
2. **Performance:** This is the practical part of the course, where students develop their skills in solo and/or ensemble performance. The aim is to improve their abilities to interpret musical pieces and present confident, expressive performances. This could be on any instrument or voice, or via music technology.
3. **Composition:** In this section, students are tasked with composing their own original music. They will also typically study the techniques of composing and develop their abilities to create and develop musical ideas with technical control and coherence.
The course is designed to develop a broad skill set in students. They'll explore a wide range of music, hone their performance skills, and learn about composition, all while deepening their understanding of music theory and music history. This balance between theory, performance, and composition can help to create well-rounded musicians.