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Music A Level at Tiffin School

Course description

With several sixth-formers opting to study Music at university, this course will develop your understanding and appreciation of music through performing, composing and appraising. This combination of disciplines makes the course especially varied, and sets it apart from many other subjects. It will reward students who have devoted their time and talent to developing their musical interests and skills outside the classroom,
recognising their significant musical achievements in the form of an A-level.

Performing (30%): Students perform on their chosen instrument or voice throughout the course and, at the end, submit an 8 minute recorded recital of approximately Grade 8 standard (a 6 minute, Grade 7 standard recital is required at AS level).

Composing (30%): Students develop their ideas through draft compositions, one of which is developed into a final composition of 5 minutes in length. In this unit, pupils
also study the conventions followed by J. S. Bach, and use his compositional techniques harmonise melodic material, completing and submitting a harmonisation of
a chorale medley in April/May of the examination year.

Appraising (40%): Students listen to, analyse and write about a wide variety of music, including set works from the Edexcel Anthology of Music. These range from Vivaldi’s Concerto in D minor to Bernard Herrmann’s film music for Psycho; from Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring to Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love. Students are asked to comment on features of the music, on its social and historical context and compare works to others they have heard, performed or studied.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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