Music

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is course for all kinds of musician, based on a balanced range of styles both historical and contemporary. It is a course that suits performers, composers and those who are really interested in how music works. Studying music at advanced level is recognised as one of the best ways of developing confidence, self-reliance, self-discipline, leadership and team skills – qualities sought by today’s employers. Even of you are not considering Music as a degree subject or future career, it is a highly regarded additional A level in Higher Education because of its balance of academic rigour and creativity.

COURSE CONTENT (Edexcel)

AS Units:

Component 1: Performing (30%)

  • 6-7 minute programme of solo and/or ensemble performance. This may include elements of improvisation and use of music technology if you wish.

Component 2: Composing (30%)

  • Compositions; 1 free, 1 to a brief set by the exam board
  • Each composition must be 2-3 minutes in duration

Component 3: Appraising (40%)

  • 1 written paper of 90 minutes
  • Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language
  • Application of knowledge through a range of set works and unfamiliar works

A-level Units:

Component 1: Performing (30%)

  • 8-9 minute programme of solo and/or ensemble performance. This may include elements of improvisation and use of music technology if you wish.

Component 2: Composing (30%)

  • 2 compositions; 1 free, 1 from a range of compositional techniques set by the exam board.
  • The composition assessing compositional technique which is set to a brief should be at least 1 minute in duration. It is worth 1/3 of the marks.
  • The free composition should be at least 4 minutes in duration. It carries 2/3 of the marks.

Component 3: Appraising (40%)

  • 1 written paper of 2 hours
  • 2 components equally weighted
  • Section A: 3 questions related to the set works and one short melody/rhythm exercise.
  • Section B: Two essay questions.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

The course naturally leads on to study of Music or Music technology at university or specialist music school, though the latter will also require a playing or singing ability way beyond the requirements at A level as places at the top institutions are highly sought after by both British and overseas students.

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students who wish to study Music at this level should normally have A* to C grades in a range of subjects at GCSE level, with at least a B grade in Music. However, equivalent experience, which should include the ability to read notation and play to grade 5 standard, will be considered.