Course overview

Music develops practical skills in performing and composing as well as much deeper engagement with music history, theory and analysis. The core repertoire studied is classical music from 1750–1930, plus some musical theatre, but students can also perform and compose in a wide range of other styles.

What will I study?

You will learn to compose music in the style of Haydn and other classical composers supported by a detailed analysis of how this musical language works. In the second year you will develop your skills in free composition, writing music in any style of your choice.

You will study the classical and romantic symphony, music of the early twentieth century and musical theatre repertoire by Schonberg, Sondheim and others. In the exam your knowledge will be tested through listening exercises, a range of analytical questions and an essay.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • Heavily discounted music lessons
  • Trips to concerts both regionally and nationally
  • Be part of our extensive range of choirs, orchestras and other ensembles

What can it lead to?

Music students either choose to specialise in performance at a conservatoire or to take a more academic qualification at university with many students attending Oxbridge and other Russell Group institutions.

Special entry requirements

Two of the following three:

  • GCSE grade 5 in music
  • Grade 3 theory
  • Grade 5 practical (voice or instrument)

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