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Music A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

A level music is an ideal course for any musician who would like to develop existing musical skills. Aimed at people from any instrumental background you will have the opportunity to explore music from many different styles and periods from both a practical and theoretical view point.

Working in small groups you will approach music from a completely new perspective and this is ideal for those who wish to study music further at University or Music College.

Course content

Split into six different units over two years you will study music performance, listening, composition (including use of ICT) and music history. The music will come from many different areas and you will learn how the music works, why it was written and different cultural issues that affect it.

Entry requirements

C in Music GCSE  + working at grade 5

Assessment

AS LEVEL

Unit 1: Influences on music (structured listening paper and history from set areas of study) 30% of AS marks / 15% of total A level marks.

Unit 2: Compositional Techniques (timed coursework from a given brief) 30% of AS marks / 15% of total A level marks.

Unit 3: Performance (two recorded recitals (could be a mixture of solo and ensemble or solos on two instruments)) 40% of AS marks / 20% of total A level

marks.

A2 LEVEL

Unit 4: Music in context (structured listening paper and history from set areas of study) 20% of total A level marks.

Unit 5: Composing and creating musical ideas (a choice of composition task taken from set briefs) 15% of total A level marks.

Unit 6: Performance (one 15 minute recital on a solo instrument) 15% of total A level marks.

Future opportunities

N/A

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

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

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