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Music A Level at Thurston Community College

Course description

Students will be assessed in all three of the following elements: Performance, Composition, Listening and Appraising.

Entry requirements

Entry GCSE: One of the following: Grade B in GCSE Music, a Merit in Music Performance and Production, or a Grade 5 standard in Music Performance


Performance: Students will perform one or more pieces as a recital. These can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising or a performance using music technology. For AS there must be a minimum of 6 minutes of music with this increasing to 8 minutes for A level. Recordings of performances much take place after 1st March in the year of certification. It will be assessed externally.

Composition: This will be completed under controlled conditions. At AS students complete two composiitons – one to a brief and one a free composition with a minimum combined length of 4 ½ minutes. Detailed and accurate scores must also be completed under controlled conditions. For A level, one composition must be a free composition or to a brief and the second submitted piece must be a technical study. The combined length must be a minimum of 6 minutes. This will be assessed externally

Listening and appraising: This will be assessed by examination and externally assessed. The exam paper includes responses to familiar and unfamiliar recorded music in short answer questions and a melody/rhythm completion exercise. There are also essay questions on familiar and unfamiliar music. Students study set works in preparation for this exam.

Future opportunities

University or Conservatoire based courses can lead to careers in performance and teaching. The skills encouraged on the course, such as initiative, creativity, self-expression and self-confidence, are valuable to all career or higher education choices.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thurston Community College directly.

Last updated date: 29 March 2017
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