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Music AS and A level at The Emmbrook School

Course description

A Level Music will provide you with the opportunity to develop all three main musical disciplines of performing, composing, and listening and understanding. It is a course which balances the development of practical music-making with academic rigour through a wide range of listening and study of music theory and set works.

You will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony. You will also build up your aural and analytical skills by studying a range of set works and wider listening.

You will be taken to see professional concerts, workshops and musical events to broaden and enrich your musical experience.

From A Level, you can continue higher level study by following Music at university or at a specialist Music college. A range of degrees exist to prepare musicians for a future in performing, arts’ administration, theatrical work, academia, professional performance or Music IT- related posts.

Course content

AS

Unit 1: Performing Music - This unit gives you the opportunity to perform as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. You can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a five-six minute assessed performance.
 Unit 2: Composing - You will develop your composition skills through the creation of a three-minute piece in response to a particular brief. You will also need to write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of the composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it. Both sections are completed under controlled conditions.
Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding - This unit focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. Set works provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores. You will need to study each work and then learn now to identify important musical features and social and historical contexts. In the third section, you use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and then apply this knowledge by completing a short and simple passage for SATB.
A2
Unit 4: Extended Performance - You will extend your performance skills as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. You can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute performance of a balanced programme of music.
Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study - This unit has two sections: composition and technical study. You will further develop your composition skills, leading to a final three0minute piece in response to a chosen brief. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained in Unit 3.
Both sections are completed under controlled conditions.
Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding - You will focus on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and learn to understand how it works. You will study a range of set works. 

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE Music.

Financial information

Cost of music used in performances, live music concerts and events visited.

Future opportunities

Any music-related posts – performance, technical, IT, education, media, Arts’ administration, sound engineering. From A Level, you can continue higher level study by following Music at university or at a specialist Music college. A range of degrees exist to prepare musicians for a future in performing, arts’ administration, theatrical work, academia, professional performance or Music IT- related posts.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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