A Level

Music (HSMC)

Edexcel

This course includes extra performance opportunities as well as A Level Music

This course is designed for gifted young people who are thinking seriously about pursuing a career in music performance. The course will help you to develop the skills, confidence and musical maturity you need to prepare for entry to conservatoire or university. We also expect you to be aiming to achieve a high grade in the A level music qualification. Up to twelve places are offered each year.

You are warmly invited to attend our Hampshire Specialist Music Course Presentation on Monday 21 October 2019, starting at 6.30pm, when you can meet staff and students, hear our current students perform, look around the department and discuss the course in detail. For full details contact the music office or see our website.

Please note that students take the HSMC course in addition to a full academic timetable which must include A Level music as one of your subject options.

Course Content

The course includes:

  • Excellent teaching from an experienced team of A level teachers
  • Weekly individual tuition on two instruments, including piano, from a team of high-powered visiting teachers, including preparation for the ABRSM Diploma on your first instrument/voice
  • Weekly chamber music coaching
  • Many opportunities to perform in ensembles and as a soloist in recitals, accompanied by our Head of Keyboard
  • Master classes and workshops given by professional performers
  • Detailed advice on preparation of auditions and repertoire
  • Trips to a range of live music events

You can also find out more about what we get up to in the music department on our website - www.psc.ac.uk/life/music or our facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/SymondsMusic

Where Could It Take Me?

Going on to study music at university or at a conservatoire can lead to a career in performing, composing, conducting or teaching. Music can also lead to careers in the recording industry, publishing, arts management and the media.

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English.

You will be asked to attend an audition on either the 12th or 13th February 2020, to perform two pieces on your first study instrument/voice (Grade 7/8 standard) and one piece on your second study instrument/voice. The audition also includes sight-reading tests and a short interview.

Methods of Teaching

In addition to work in class, weekly workshops and 1-2-1 rehearsals help students prepare their recitals and compositions, with intensive guidance from teachers, and improve their skills in theory and notation. The college provides 30 minutes’ weekly free instrumental/vocal tuition to A level music students with our team of visiting music teachers. There are lots of opportunities to play and sing in orchestras, jazz bands and choirs to a very high standard. Many smaller groups (like classical ensembles and rock bands) get a chance to showcase their work in our weekly lunch time concerts. There are master classes and workshops given by professional performers, plus trips to a range of live music events.

Methods & Patterns of Assessment

  • Performing: performances are non-examined assessment, monitored by teachers and externally assessed by the board.
  • Composing: all composing is non-examined assessment, monitored by teachers and externally assessed by the board.
  • Written paper: one exam in May/June.

Financial Implications

Students are required to buy the Edexcel A level Anthology of Music, but these are available from the music office at a subsidised rate of £35 or second-hand for much less. Students pay a £15 contribution towards photocopying and approximately £15 for one obligatory concert trip in the Autumn term – other music trips are optional. The College has a Student Support Fund for those students who have difficulty meeting these costs. Students can also apply for annual awards to help with costs such as ABRSM exams, instruments and courses.