Music is a highly regarded academic subject and is held in high esteem by both universities and employers. They know that musicians are dedicated, intelligent, creative and good at working in groups. Music is also a practical subject. Students often develop their musicianship equally outside the music classroom through taking part in ensembles, instrumental practice and concert performances. Music A Level students appraise music of different styles, explore a variety of composing techniques and become fully involved in the musical life of the school and the community, so developing their musicianship, technical ability and confidence.
During the course, students will have a range of performance opportunities, both in school and in and around the local area, participating in local competitions and cultural events, such as the Urdd Eisteddfordd. Alongside the normal teaching facilities, we have a music technology room for composition and the school provides a range of peripatetic teachers covering all the orchestral sections.
Music A Level can lead to higher education courses and careers in both Music and Music Technology. In recent years, students have gone to study Music and Performance degrees before pursuing successful careers in the music industry. Musicians have a large number of transferrable skills which can lead to areas such as solo, orchestral, chamber performing, composing, recording and producing, song-writing, television and radio, audio engineering, arts administration, education and music therapy.
The WJEC A Level Music syllabus enables students to specialize in either performance or composition by choosing Units 1 and 4 for performance and Units 2 and 5 for composition.