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A Level Music at JCoSS

Course description

The specification aims to encourage students to develop a range of skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through listening, performing and appreciation. It provides a worthwhile course of study to broaden experience, foster creativity and promote personal and social development through musical communication. Through coursework components, students should be able to interpret musical ideas with technical and expressive control, and a sense of style and awareness of occasion and/or ensemble (performing); Develop musical ideas with technical and expressive control making creative use of musical devices and conventions (composing), through music technology and traditional methods; Demonstrate understanding of, and comment perceptively on the structural, analytical, expressive and contextual features of music.

Course content

Unit 1: Performing Music (Internally assessed, 15% of total A level Mark)

This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a five to sixminute assessed performance.

Unit 2: Composing (Externally assessed / 15% of total A level mark)

This unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of a three-minute piece in response to a chosen brief. Students also write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of their final composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it.

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding (Externally assessed / 20% of total A level mark)

This unit focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores.

Unit 4: Extended Performance (Externally assessed / 15% of total A level mark)

This unit gives students the opportunity to extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of music.

Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study (Externally assessed / 15% of total A level mark)

This unit has two sections: composition and technical study. The composition section further develops students’ composition skills, leading to the creation of a final three-minute piece in response to a chosen brief. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained in Unit 3 section C through the medium of pastiche studies.

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (Externally assessed / 20% of total A level mark)

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. Between works students should also listen to a wide range of unfamiliar music which relates to the two compulsory areas of study, Instrumental Music and Applied Music.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a Grade B in GCSE Music and a grade 5 practical award and a grade 5 theory award.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact JCoSS directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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