Music study enables you to grow as a musician and performer; to explore your creativity while developing compositional skills; and to gain understanding of how music works through study of harmony and analysis.
What we’ll study
The Music Department at Holy Cross provides a performance-rich environment, giving you the opportunity to gain experience as a soloist in regular recitals and masterclasses as well as collaborating with other musicians. You’ll be able to join ensembles and choirs and you might be inspired to participate in the college opera, the annual production or even a band night.
Music has been one of the cornerstones of a student’s education since the time of the ancient Greeks. The music department here at Holy Cross believes that the study of music remains an excellent focal point for education: a subject in which students can bring together diverse interests – whether in the Arts or Humanities, Maths or Sciences, or simply ‘music’ itself – in a creative, expressive and academic way.
Music students have a lot to offer the post-college world: demonstrating an ability to undertake dedicated, self-directed learning - practicing and learning an instrument, working together in groups and ensembles - the shared experience of making music, communication, and creatively solving problems - from composition to live improvisation. These qualities are all highly valued and sought in both higher education and the workplace.
There is a great record of our students going on to study music, whether classical, pop or jazz, at conservatoire or university and establishing successful careers in their area.
How you’ll be assessed
At the end of the second year the course is assessed in three areas; performance, composition - both ‘free’ and a technical study, and through a listening and analysis exam.
The written exam will be based on set pieces from Bach and Mozart to Stravinsky and Debussy, as well as film music and popular forms from Bernard Herrmann and the Beatles to Danny Elfman and Anoushka Shankar.
Level: A Level Music
General College entry requirements.
A minimum of Grade 4 or equivalent on at least one instrument or voice and Grade 4 in Music Theory.
If a Music Theory qualification is pending, students will be given a Grade 4 entrance paper during induction.
GCSE English at grade 4 or above
Great subjects to partner Music A Level:
Music works well in combination with almost any subject. English Literature, History, Languages, Theatre Studies, Physics or Maths. Music can also be combined with Music Technology, Media Studies, Art & Design or Business.
To discuss whether this course is going to be right for you, please do get in touch.
Contact: Dr T Siemens