A Level Music

Gumley House School


A Level Music

Studying A Level Music at Gumley

Introduction by Head of Music Department:

Hear from the Students:

Exam Board:  Edexcel
Entry Criteria:  Grade 4 standard in a musical instrument and either Grade 6 in GCSE Music or Grade 5 theory.

Why study this course?
The Music course is challenging and rigorous and is widely respected by all universities, including Oxbridge. It promotes communication, empathy, confidence and self-discipline. The qualification is beneficial to anyone considering a career in Music or the Performing Arts, but is also acceptable for entry to university courses such as Law and Medicine.

What will I learn?

You will emerge from this course as a more confident musician with a deeper understanding of how music works on every level. You will get to know a rich selection of pieces which span genres including classical, pop, jazz and world music.
You will hone your performance skills. 

How will I be taught?

You will be taught in a small, seminar-type group with frequent opportunities for individual guidance and consultation. The lessons you have with your own instrumental or vocal teacher will also form an important part of your study.

How many hours a week private study will I have?

You will be expected to complete around four hours of independent study a week in addition to your own vocal/instrumental practice. A Level students are expected to take a leading role in the extracurricular
life of the Music Department.

You’ll enjoy this course if…

You are open-minded, hardworking and passionate about music.

Course Description

Performing is central to the course, and you will have numerous opportunities leading up to assessed recitals in the March of each exam year. You will compose an original piece and develop this interest if you wish. You will build on your knowledge of chords and learn the harmony behind Bach chorales and pop songs. In the summer of each year, you will take an exam based on your understanding of a range of set works from various styles.


Performances will be recorded in March following participation in recitals and master classes. Your compositions and technical study will be submitted as coursework.

For more information, contact Dr M Esslin-Peard