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Music A level at Hylands School

Course description

Unit 1: Performing:

  • Solo and/or ensemble
  • Any style of music
  • Any instrument/voice
  • 5-6 minutes
  • Notated or improvised
  • Grade 5 or above

Unit 2: Composing:

  • A 3 minute piece
  • Choice of 4 topics
  • Compose to a set brief
  • CD sleeve note

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding

  • 2 areas of study, Instrumental Music and Vocal Music

Entry requirements

  • GCSE subject specific grade required: GCSE Music minimum grade B and a pass at grade 5 or equivalent performance ability. Auditions/interviews will be arranged for students without these qualifications.
  • Pre-summer work required to be completed by students: Yes


Unit 1: Performing - 30% (internal assessment in June of examination year)

Unit 2: Composing - 30% (external assessment in June of examination year)

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding—40% (external assessment in June of examination year)

2 hour exam in 3 sections:

  • Section A - Listening Based on Anthology This part of the exam features excerpts from the anthology played on CD. Candidates have to identify key musical features of the set works and provide short and medium length answers. A skeleton score of the set work excerpts is provided.
  • Section B - Investigating Musical Styles A choice of questions is offered to the candidate, requiring longer answers. The questions focus on comparing different pieces within an area of study. The quality of written communication is assessed for this part of the exam.
  • Section C - Understanding Chords and Lines Students are assessed on their ability to use a score to analyse simple harmonic and melodic features, as well as their ability to complete an SATB texture. Students are able to access key boards with headphones during this part of the exam.

Future opportunities

Musician, composer, music administrator, music marketing, music management, music teaching, music publishing, music computer software industry, music therapy, recording studio engineer, music/sound editor, music producer, music journalist, instrument repair.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 November 2017

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