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A Level Music at The Windsor Boys' School

Course description

At A.S. Level:

MUSC1: Influences on Music Contains structured listening questions using a CD of musical excerpts. Candidates then answer two essay questions, one based on the set work from the compulsory Area of Study, The Western Classical Tradition, and one based on Musical Theatre or British Popular Music.

MUSC2: Composing: Creating Musical Ideas Candidates compose a piece of music with Music Technology. Often students opt to compose a piece of film music which is in line with their studies at both Key Stage 3 & 4.

MUSC3: Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas Candidates offer two performances and have the option of performing as a soloist or as part of an ensemble.

At A2 Level:

MUSC4: Music in Context Contains structured listening questions using a CD of musical excerpts. Candidates then answer two essay questions, one based on the chosen set work from the compulsory Area of Study, The Western Classical Tradition, and one based on English Choral Music or Chamber Music.

MUSC5: Composing: Developing Musical Ideas Very Similar to AS Level composing but a more extended piece of music often with 3 movements or sections. Again students often compose Music for Film.

MUSC6: Performing: A Musical Performance

Externally assessed.

Entry requirements

Advanced Music is very much a natural progression from GCSE Music. We do however ask students to achieve a Grade B at GCSE Level. Where a student achieves a Grade C but has a very clear performing ability (achieves a grade B or above in performance) then we will consider them for the course. As such a high percentage of the course is performance we have to take this into account when assessing suitability for the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Windsor Boys' School directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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