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Musical Instruments



Participants should have some understanding of the history, development and, where appropriate, the social implications and consequences of the musical field of their choice. These might include such topics as the comparison and contrast of music from different countries or different periods, or an evaluation of the part played by music in times of crisis.


Participants can choose from the following:

Play an instrument either solo or in a group or band

Sing either solo or in a choir

Study a type of music, look at the life of a composer, musician or singer, or study the development of a musical instrument. 

For assessment, each individual is to produce evidence of regular involvement over the required period.



For Beginners:

1. Choose one instrument to study and concentrate on one of the following sections: Classical Popular Jazz Military Folk or select pieces from each of these types of music.

2. Having chosen the instrument and type of music to be studied, participants should ask a qualified teacher of the instrument to suggest an appropriate study programme.


Those with some knowledge should:

3. Have some ability to read music at sight.

4. Show competence in playing the instrument of choice. If learning to play an instrument as part of a musical group, band or orchestra, the participant must play regularly.


The more advanced should:

5 Have a good ability to read music at sight.

6 Show further competence in playing the instrument of choice, preferably more than one type of music.

7 Study the development of a particular type of music, eg jazz, national music on rare instruments etc OR play regularly as part of a musical group, club band or orchestra.


If playing a percussion instrument, show competence to follow the player’s part from a musical notation and perform any type of such instruments.

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