Studying Music in the Sixth Form requires a great deal of independent endeavour and suits those who gain an excellent grade at GCSE and are at least a good Grade 6 on their main instrument. The course is rigorous and requires pupils to be curious about a wide range of music and to develop independent research skills.
• Allows for greater depth of study and learning.
• Allows for development of a broad range of skills and understanding.
• It encourages independent and self-directed learning.
• It encourages you to think laterally, critically and creatively.
• The Personal Study component is unique and allows you to maximise the impact of your strengths on your final grade.
Listening & Analysis: (30%)
You will cover a range of music drawn from the Western Classical Tradition, Popular Music, Jazz, World and Folk music. The set works for 2026 are:
Johann Sebastian Bach Orchestral Suite No. 1, BWV 1066
Antonio Vivaldi Concerto in G minor Op. 3 No. 2 RV 578 for two violins, cello, strings and continuo
Antonín Dvořák Symphony No. 9 in E minor op. 95 ‘New World’
Two songs: Florence Price Travel’s End; Margaret Bonds Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Michael Nyman MGV (Musique à Grande Vittesse)
The current topics studied are The Classical Symphonies and Music in the 19th Century, focusing either on Opera or Music for Orchestra. Essays are set regularly and you will practice aural tests and compare recordings. Musical performance practice is a strong feature of this part of the course.
All candidates have the opportunity to perform on their first/second instruments as soloist, accompanists or playing with other musicians.
Two compositions, each 1-2 minutes in length.
Personal Study: (50%)
Candidates work over a prolonged period of time on a personal project and must choose two of the following (worth 25% each):
• Performing – Up to 20 minutes and a 1,750 word written project.
• Free Composition – One 6-8 minute composition.
• Dissertation – 3,500 word essay on a topic of your choice.
Examination Board: Cambridge International Examinations (CIE)
Mr J. Mountford – Director of Music