MUSIC

LEVEL: A LEVEL
EXAMINING BOARD: EDEXCEL
TYPE OF STUDY: FULL-TIME, SIXTH FORM

This course is aimed at musicians who want to increase their theoretical and academic knowledge of music. It is well suited for those who already read music, play an instrument or sing. 

In both Year 1 and 2, you will study set works and music theory, develop listening and analysis skills and have frequent performance opportunities. Your understanding of music will be stretched in an enjoyable way, and the course creatively complements many other subjects. The course is made up of 60% coursework (performing and composing) and 40% exam.

Huish has an excellent programme of Music enrichment, with opportunities to play and sing in a wide variety of groups.

You will study in a brand new, purpose-built block with state of the art recording and technology equipment, and have opportunities to go on trips to see world-class orchestras, opera and musical companies.

The course can lead to careers as a performer, composer, teacher, therapist, journalist, administrator or sound engineer. Ex-students have gone on to top music colleges and universities around the country, to military music schools or work in the industry.

Christmas Concert at St Mary’s Church, Taunton

 

I don’t have GCSE Music, can I still take A Level Music?

Yes, as long as you play an instrument or sing at around Grade 5 level.

What if I don’t read music?

There are online courses to increase your theory skills over the summer before starting college, or you may be better suited to one of our Vocational Music courses.

My experience in the Music Department has been everything and more than I could have imagined possible. As a classically trained pianist and an A Level Music student I have been encouraged to further explore different genres of music such as Jazz and Folk, and also to use the state of the art facilities and technology that are available in the Aspen Music Centre to compose my own music, practice and perform.

Music Enrichment has included being able to participate in many concerts and charitable events, arranged by the Music Department, giving group and solo performances both on campus and at various venues in the community. Their commitment to providing students with amazing opportunities extends to arranging trips outside of College to attend performances from highly acclaimed musicians – I have had the most wonderful experience and such fun attending a performance from the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra at Exeter University and an opera (Carmen) performed by the Welsh National Opera at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff.

All of the Music staff at Huish are truly outstanding and inspirational and are always so helpful and supportive in Music and all that I do in college. They fully reflect the ethos of the College and have added such a positive value to my experience at the college from day one.

Claudia Luthra, A Level Music student

I joined Huish having grown up around music, from playing in classical orchestras to performing in musical theatre. However since starting the A Level in September I’ve been able to study a wider genre of styles, a vast selection of composers and then apply this into my own creative compositions.

All of the lessons we have are a huge aid with my extra enrichment, and the support around the whole of Aspen Music Centre to whichever area of music we intend to venture into post sixth form is unconditional.

Grace McLaren, A Level Music student

 

Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.

Ideally you will have passed GCSE Music with a grade 6 or above, or play an instrument/sing at approximately Grade 5 standard. Students wishing to join the course without these requirements can still be considered.

ASPEN MUSIC CENTRE

The Aspen Music Centre is officially opened in December 2018 with the help of pupils from St George’s Primary School

Aspen Music Centre has been purpose built to offer the best experience for students wanting to advance their musical skills.

The music suite and performance space has:

  • 2 recording studios with RedNet Technology
    Studio 1: Audient ASP 8024 HE Mixing Desk
    Studio 2: Allen and Heath ZED 16 Mixing Desk
  • Industry standard microphones, guitar amplifiers etc
  • 2 sound proof live rooms for recording
  • A Mac suite equipped with the latest Apple iMac computers running Logic X, Ableton, Sibelius 8
  • Editing/production suite with Allen and Heath QU24 Digital Mixing Desk
  • 2 large specialist music teaching classrooms
  • 5 purpose built practice rooms equipped with pianos for instrumental lessons and individual bookings
  • Secure instrument store cupboard and vast library of printed music
  • Instruments and sound equipment available to loan

Also on campus we have a number of well equipped practice rooms;

  • Red Room – Large practice room with stage, full PA and recording facilities, Drum Kit, Amps and Piano
  • Green Room – Piano, PA, Drum Kit, Amps
  • Blue Room – Drum Kit, PA Amps and Recording facilities.