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Music AS and A Level at Park House School

Course description

The purpose of AS and A2 Music is to help you develop your understanding and skills as a musician. They draw together a wide variety of practical and academic aptitudes in order to extend and enhance your experience and appreciation of music. The course embraces the three main disciplines of music: listening, composing and performing, placing these in the context of detailed study of selected musical works. We work with students to develop performance practice and repertoire, providing a variety of opportunities for performing to an audience so that students can develop their confidence. In teaching the composition element of the course, we have developed a strong relationship with the Southern Sinfonia. We are extremely privileged to be able to work with them as professional musicians. They run several composition workshops for our Year 12 and 13 students. Their Composer in Residence coaches students in preparing their coursework compositions which are then performed by Southern Sinfonia in our Spring Concert. The listening element of the course extends the listening skills developed by students at GCSE as well as widening students’ knowledge of music history. Students also develop their knowledge of music history by studying a series of extracts drawn from a variety of genres.

Course content

AS Course Summary

Unit 1 Performing
30% of AS / 15% of A Level
Perform one or more solo pieces lasting
5-6 minutes

Unit 2 Composing
30% of AS / 15% of A Level
Produce one composition to a set brief

Unit 3 Developing Musical Understanding
40% of AS / 20% of A Level
Analysis examination based on the extracts of music studied
Harmonising a melody in four parts
A2 Course Summary

Unit 4 Performing
15% of A Level
15 minute solo recital

Unit 5 Composing
15% of A Level
Two compositions and two compositional technique exercises

Unit 6 Further Musical Understanding
20% of A Level
Aural analysis of music
Study of set works
Essays on analysis and context of music

Entry requirements

You should either have passed GCSE Music with a B grade or above OR have similar musical knowledge and experience. The AS standard of performing is set at Grade 5 standard; A2 is Grade 6. We will be very happy to interview any student who is interested in the course to discuss their abilities and interests.

Financial information

Occasional costs may be incurred for visits to concerts. CD player and headphones.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Park House School directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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