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Music AS/A Level at Chipping Norton School

Course description

This course aims to provide a broad musical experience, and develop aural awareness, composition and performance skills.

Students must be practising for at least 30 minutes every day, and will have ongoing research and preparation work to do for their composition and performance units. They can expect to receive a short homework each lesson, or a larger project-type assignment once each fortnight. This will involve research, consolidation and preparation for the following lesson.

 

Course content

AS Music

Unit 1 - Performance  30%
For this unit students must perform a recital which lasts a minimum of 6 minutes. This can be performed on one or more instruments and should include a range of pieces.  The pieces should be of at least Grade V standard.

Unit 2 - Composition 30%
Students complete two compositions which last at least 2 minutes each. One must be written to a brief set by the exam board, and the other can either be a free composition or another brief.

Unit 3 - Listening 40%
This exam is taken at the end of the year. Students study 12 set works throughout the course and are tested on these pieces in the exam. Alongside this there is melody and rhythm dictation, and appraisal of unfamiliar music.

A2 Music

Unit 4 - Performance 30%
Students must perform a 12-15 minute recital. This can be performed on one or more instruments and should include a range of pieces. These are recorded near the end of the course and copies of the Music must be sent with the CD recording. Pieces should be of at least Grade VI standard.

Unit 5 - Composition 30%
Students complete two compositions which must last at least 3 minutes each. Briefs are issued by the examination board and the composition must be completed under controlled conditions. A detailed score and CD recording must be submitted to the exam board.

Unit 6 - Listening 40%
This exam is taken at the end of the year. Students study 12 set works throughout the course and are tested on these pieces in the exam. The exam also involves answering some harmony questions, melodic and rhythmic dictation and general listening questions.

Assessment

Students must be practising for at least 30 minutes every day, and will have ongoing research and preparation work to do for their composition and performance units. They can expect to receive a short homework each lesson, or a larger project-type assignment once each fortnight. This will involve research, consolidation and preparation for the following lesson.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chipping Norton School directly.

Last updated date: 12 October 2017

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