Music AS/A Level at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
Outline of the Course
Unit 1 - Approaches to performing
The purpose of this component is to assess students’ performing skills in a solo and/or ensemble context. You will be given the opportunity to rehearse and refine performances on your chosen instrument or voice, developing technical control, expression and interpretative skills.
Unit 2 – Approaches to composing
The purpose of this component is to assess students’ skills in composing music. It allows you to appreciate the process of creating music. You will learn more of the processes involved in creating music through developing the technical and expressive skills needed by a composer.
Unit 3 – Appraising
Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.
Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.
- Vocal Music
- Instrumental Music
- Music for Film
- Popular Music and Jazz
- New Directions.
Minimum entry criteria
Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Music or Grade 5 practical as a singer or instrumentalist and Grade 5 Theory
May be accepted on the course: 6 in Music or Grade 5 practical as a singer or instrumentalist and Grade 5 Theory
Type of assessment
Coursework - Performance: A public performance of one or more pieces
Min. 6 mins AS
Min. 8 mins A2
Coursework - Composition: Two compositions, one set by the exam board, and one either free composition or also to a brief.
Min. 4 mins AS
Min. 6 mins A2
Three questions related to the set works
One short melody/rhythm exercise
Two essay questions based on set works and an unfamiliar extract.
90 mins AS
2 hours A2
How to apply
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