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Music A Level (Pearson) at Hampton Sixth Form

Course description

This is an exciting course for anyone who has a keen interest in creating and listening to different styles of music and who wishes to broaden their experience and deepen their understanding of both live and recorded music. You will improve your skills in performing and composing in a range of styles. You will listen to a wide variety of music and develop a more informed appreciation of how and why it was written and/or performed.

 

AS

Unit 1: Performance (30%): You develop your skills as a performer through delivery of a performance of over six minutes. You can perform music in any style, on any instrument/voice as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble.

Unit 2: Composition (30%): You develop your skills by composing two pieces. One will be written in response to a chosen brief, the other will be a free composition.

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding (40%): This unit focuses on listening to both familiar and unfamiliar music and understanding how it works. Students study a collection of set works from different musical styles and complete wider listening based on these styles. Additionally in this paper, students may use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features.

 

A2

Unit 4: Performance 30%): Students have the opportunities to extend their performance skills by delivering a longer performance (more than 8 minutes) as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Again, you can perform music in any style, on any instrument(s) and/or voice as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble.

 

Unit 5: Composition (30%): The composition section further develops students’ composition skills, leading to the creation of two pieces. One will be written in response to a chosen brief, the other may take the form of a technical study for which understanding of harmony and specific composing styles will be covered.

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (40%): This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for much of the unit. Students will also listen to a wide range of unfamiliar music. They will learn how to compare and contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 at Music GCSE and it is vital that you are having lessons either in or outside school on an instrument. Candidates are expected to participate in Music Department extra-curricular activities.  Some understanding of the rudiments of Theory is needed for this course. Working at a Grade 5 level is very helpful.

Assessment

Units 1 and 4 – A 6 minute recorded performance for AS or an 8 minute performance for A2.

Units 2 and 5 – Two compositions for AS or two longer compositions A2.

Units 3 and 6 – One exam at the end of the course, based on a mixture of seen and unseen music.

 

This subject is linear in nature i.e. AS assessments do not count toward the final grade if sitting the full 2-year A-level.

Future opportunities

The Music A Level course will enable you to develop key skills which could be essential to you in whatever you go on to do afterwards: communication, improving own learning and performance, problem solving and working with others.

 

All universities recognise Music as an academic A Level rather than a vocational qualification. Career pathways include the music industry, teaching, media, ICT and performing arts.

Further information

Music A Level links well with the following subjects: English, Media Studies, Maths, History, ICT and Theatre Studies.

 

Contact Mr Smith, Head of Department via e-mail at sixthform@hamptoncollege.org.uk

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 19 October 2017
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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