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Music AS/A Level at S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy

Course description

Students choose Music ‘A’ level in order to further refine their practical musicianship, their knowledge of musical cultures and historical context, their skills as composer and arranger as well as analytical skills. They develop performing skills in solo and ensemble situations, learn about how harmony is used in certain, specified genres, compose their own music in response to a brief and refine analytical skills through music listening tasks.

Performing Music is essentially a social activity; students opting for the subject at this level are usually active musicians, already performing regularly as part of a recognised ensemble – either at school or in the community.

Students choosing the subject should be prepared to spend extra time, in addition to lesson time, working on rehearsals and recording of work.

Course content

AS LEVEL

Unit 1  Performing Music

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-six minute assessed performance. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted.

Assessment:

Internal

Marks available:

30% AS

Information regarding Assessment:

Recital recorded for moderation

 

Unit 2 Composing

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.

Assessment: 

External

Marks available:

30% AS

Information regarding Assessment:

Pupils to produce a score and recording.

 

Unit 3 Developing Musical Understanding

This unit focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with each work as a whole, before learning how to identify important musical features and their social and historical context.

Assessment:

External

Marks available:

40% AS

Information regarding Assessment:

Examination

 

A LEVEL

 

Unit 4 Extended Performance

A 12 – 15 minute extended performance of a balanced programme of solo and / or ensemble music of the centre’s choice. Any style or instrument.

Assessment: 

Internal

Marks available:

30% AS / 15% A2

Information regarding Assessment:

Public recital, recorded for moderation.

 

Unit 5 Composition and Technical study

Composition of a 3 minute piece in response to a brief given by the board AND completion of a fragment of music in particular genre or style. Students may choose two compositions, two studies or one of each.

Assessment: 

External

Marks available:

30% AS / 15% A2

Information regarding Assessment:

Two pieces of work, submitted as score with recording.

 

Unit 6 Further Musical Understanding

Students learn by practice and exposure to variety of genres to respond to set questions on; aural analysis / music in context / continuity and change in instrumental music.

Assessment: 

External

Marks available:

40% AS / 20% A2

Information regarding Assessment:

2 – hour listening paper

Entry requirements

At least GCSE Grade B or a performance audition to at least Grade 4/5 standard

GCSE APS of 40

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact S. Peter's Collegiate School - A CofE Academy directly.

Last updated date: 04 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years

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