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Music at Queen Mary's High School

Course description

• Studying Music at Advanced Level enables students to extend their knowledge
and understanding of music, to create and develop their own musical ideas and to
demonstrate technical, interpretative and communication skills through performing music.
• This six-unit course helps students to develop aural, theoretical and analytical
skills and enables them to explore a significant set work and an area of study
selected to suit their preferences. Students can choose to study compositional
techniques, to create music which draws on their own experience and enthusiasm
or to arrange a given piece of music. In their performances, students can present
solo and ensemble pieces and can work with music technology.
• A’level Music builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Music as
well as musical experience gained outside the classroom. It recognises the
interdependence of different aspects of musical activity. Advanced Level studies
provide a sound preparation for the study of music in higher education, as well as
providing opportunities to develop strengths and interests leading to music
-related and other careers. It encourages students to develop a wide range of
transferable skills such as critical thinking, research, communication and team

Course content

• Unit 1 –MUSC1
Influences on Music
15% of A Level
1 hour 45 minutes written examination -
80 marks

• Unit 2 – MUSC2
Composing: Creating Mus
ical Ideas
15% of A Level
Externally Assessed Coursework -
60 marks
Unit 3 –
Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas
20% of A Level
16 minutes Internally Assessed -
80 marks
Available in June only
Unit 4 –
Music in Context
20% of A Level
2 h
ours 15 minutes written examination -
100 marks
Unit 5 –
Composing: Developing Musical Ideas
15% of A Level
Externally Assessed Coursework -
60 marks
Unit 6 –
Performing: A Musical Performance
15% of A Level
15 minutes Externally Assessed -
60 marks
Available in June only

Future opportunities

Studying Music at Advanced Level will enable students to choose a path best suited to their needs.

This could be
• within the music industry -(e.g. Management)
• Academic study – (e.g. Research, Archive work, Teaching)
• Leisure and interest.

It will give them a life-long enjoyment and understanding of music as a listener or performer, at any level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's High School directly.

Last updated date: 15 September 2016
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