Do you enjoy performing? Have you had a go at composing your own music? Do you enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, and thinking about how it works?…
Do you enjoy performing? Have you had a go at composing your own music? Do you enjoy listening to a wide variety of music, and thinking about how it works?
If you play an instrument and enjoy discussing and composing music, then an A level in Music could be the course for you!
This is an exciting new syllabus that encourages and rewards a wide variety of practical music making.
Course Content & Assessment:
Module 1 (40%) Appraising Music:
Listening (56 marks)
Analysis (34 marks)
Essay (30 marks)
The areas of study, provide an appropriate focus for students to appraise music and develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and music al language.
The areas of study can also provide a rich source of material for students to work with when developing performance and composition skills.
There are seven areas of study, as follows:
Students must study Area of study 1: The Baroque Solo Concerto and Piano Works of Chopin, Brahmes and Grieg as well as choosing one from Areas of study 2–7.
1. Western classical tradition 1650–1910 (compulsory)
2. Pop music
3. Music for media
4. Music for theatre
6. Contemporary traditional music
7. Art music since 1910.
Module 2 (25%) Composing (Continued assessment)
(50 marks in total).
Students learn how to develop musical ideas and compose music that is musically convincing through two compositions.
Composition 1 must be in response to an externally set brief Composition 2 is a free composition.
The combined duration of the compositions must be a minimum of four and half minutes, and a maximum of six minutes.
Module 3 (35%) Performing (Continued assessment)
(50 marks in total).
A minimum of ten minutes of performance on your chosen instrument in total is required, in a recital style.
Music is for life, not just a career! This new music course will give you the knowledge and experience required for all forms of further and higher education. Careers in Music are many and varied, for example: performing, composing, teaching, the music industry, music technology. You will be free to choose a path best suited to your musical interests and skills. Even if you choose to study another subject at university, your musical skills are always in high demand. Universities and colleges often have excellent bands, orchestras and choirs that are open to everyone – the social side of music should never be underestimated!