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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Music

Why study Music?

 

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The Music Department is at the heart of the school community.  All music students take an active part in the busy musical life of the school.  A level music students are eligible for a subsidised weekly half hour instrumental lesson from a visiting specialist teacher.

We have a large team of highly experienced visiting teachers and regularly enter pupils for Associated Board, Guildhall, Trinity and Rock School exams and diplomas.

The department boasts excellent facilities with two large music rooms, several practice rooms and a computer music suite, running Sibelius, Dorico and Cubase composition/ recording software with high specification keyboards. This facility is used extensively for composition at A Level.

Where does this subject lead me?

Nearly all music degree courses at universities, colleges and music conservatoires require A Level Music.  Music can also raise candidates profile and make them stand out from other applicants for other subject courses. Additionally, many students benefit from gaining a vast array of transferable skills from studying music and this is also recognised by higher educational establishments as well as employers.  Instrumental exams, such as ABRSM music exam, count as UCAS points and many pupils who enjoy A Level Music go on to study different subjects or take vocational routes into higher education.

Why our students like this course

 ‘There is a great balance of theory, composition and performance throughout the course…’       

'Music is definitely the most well rounded A-Level I take: the teaching is wonderful and we cover most different aspects of music.  There is a great balance of theory, composition and performance throughout the course which means that you have a good basis to go on and study music at a higher level.  The extra-curricular clubs mean that we get the opportunity to perform in ensembles or as a soloist which is wonderful experience too.'

Entry Requirements
Grade 5 Practical or equivalent; a GCSE in this subject is desirable but not essential as is Grade 5 Theory.

Exam Board
EDEXCEL – Component 1: Performing, Component 2: Composing, Component 3: Appraising.