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Music at Sutton Grammar School

Course description

Studying Music at A-level is both challenging and hugely enjoyable. Students will develop their composing and performing skills as well as learning how to analyse and interpret Music. There will be the opportunity for students to perform regularly, and for students to see live concerts.

Course content

Learners must choose either Option A in both Components 1 and 2 orOption B in both Components 1 and 2. All learners must study Component 3.

Component 1:

Option A:
A performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces. At least one of these
pieces must be as a soloist. The other pieces may be either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both. One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study. At least one other piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one other, different area of study.

Option B:
A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces either as a soloist or as
part of an ensemble or a combination of both. One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study.
 
Component 2:

Composing Option A:
Two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will have a choice of four set briefs, released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition is a free composition.

Option B: Three compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will have a choice of four set briefs, released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition must 35 reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study (i.e. not the Western Classical Tradition) while the third composition is a free composition.

Component 3:
Appraising Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes 40% of qualification
Three areas of study:
Area of study A:
The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony
1750-1900) which includes two set works. One set work for detailed analysis: Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London': Haydn The other for general analysis: Symphony No. 4 in A major: 'Italian': Mendelsson.

Entry requirements

To study Music at A-level, you should have at least an A grade in GCSE Music and be able to play an instrument to roughly grade 5 standard and above (though you do not have to have taken the exams).

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 September 2016
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