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Music A Level 3 (Block C) at Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend

Course description

Essential skills

The most important skills that you require are the ability to perform to a good standard (at least Grade 4) on your chosen instrument and the ability to listen to and discuss music critically .

Course content

Year 1

Please note: we do not offer the one year AS Level course, only the full two year A Level.

All students follow three components. Component 1 is performance based (30%), Component 2 is composition based (30%) and Component 3 is preparation for the written examination and study of set works and musical appraisal (40%).

In Component 1 you will perform as a soloist or as part of a group and will receive feedback during the year in line with the assessment criteria. In Component 2 you will explore a number of composing techniques and will experiment with writing in a number of styles in preparation for the Year 2 task. In Component 3 you will undertake an in-depth study of a selection of set works prescribed by Edexcel. The works will cover instrumental and vocal genres and will span a wide variety of styles. You will also undertake a number of wider listening tasks and will make links between those and the set works you study.

Year 2

All students follow three Components. Component 1 is performance based (30%), Component 2 is composition based (30%) and Component 3 is a written examination and assesses the study of set works and musical appraisal (40%). The examination is a two hour paper.

In Component 1 you will perform as a soloist or as part of a group in a recital setting with an audience. The performance will last for a minimum of 8 minutes and is externally assessed. In Component 2 you will explore a number of composing techniques before writing two compositions in response to a set of briefs published by Edexcel. The total time across both pieces must be a minimum of six minutes. The work is externally assessed. In Component 3 you will undertake an in-depth study of a selection of set works prescribed by Edexcel. The works will cover instrumental and vocal genres and will span a wide variety of styles. The examination will assess you on your understanding of those works in a listening context and through essay writing.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Music. (Competence in reading notation and instrumental/vocal proficiency equivalent to at least Grade 4 standard is advised along with the minimum entry requirement.)

Assessment

Year 1/AS

All students follow three components. Component 1 is performance based (30%), Component 2 is a composition based (30%) and Component 3 is preparation for the written examination and study of set works and musical appraisal (40%).

Year 2

All students follow three Components. Component 1 is performance based (30%), Component 2 is composition based (30%) and Component 3 is a written examination and assesses the study of set works and musical appraisal (40%). The examination is a two hour paper.

Financial information

In addition to instrumental or vocal tuition costs, students will find it beneficial to see professional concerts and shows.

Future opportunities

University requirements

There are a wealth of Music, Music Technology and related courses available. These are some of the typical requirements: Oxford AAA, Durham AAB, Sussex ABB, Canterbury Christ Church BBC, Oxford Brookes BCC. In addition ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and Rock School Music grades above Grade 5 earn UCAS points.

You could go on to do a degree in: Professional Performance; Music with drama; Music and Theatre Studies; Musical Theatre; Performing Arts; Teaching; Contemporary Music Production; Electronic Music Production; Modern and Contemporary Music; Music Business and Innovation; Film and Screen Studies

Career Options: Performance; Teaching; Music Production; Media; Music, Drama and Dance; Music Technology; Business Management with Music; Musical Theatre; Commercial Music Production and Recording; Economics and Music Technology; Computer Science and Music; Performance Practice and Events Management

Further information

Music works very well with a wide variety of other subjects and teaches a range of disciplines. Students often study Music along with Drama, English, Mathematics, Sciences, Languages and Humanities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Mayfield Grammar School, Gravesend directly.

Last updated date: 09 October 2017
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