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Music A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

A Level Music is a two year course in which you will explore set works, learn about composition, listening, appraising different styles of music and develop your performing skills.

Why study A Level Music?
This course is for students who enjoy composition, performing, listening to and appraising different styles of music. If you enjoy all of these elements of music and would like to further develop your skills as a musician and composer, then this is the course for you.

Course content

AS Modules

Unit 1 – Performing
Students will be required to produce a 5-6 minute performance on any instrument, or voice, as a soloist and / or as part of an ensemble

Unit 2 – Composition
- Students will be required to produce a 3 minute composition in response to a chosen brief set by the examination board.
- Write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of your composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it. The examination board sets the questions for this.

Unit 3 – Developing Musical Understanding (Listening Examination)
There are three sections to this two hour examination. Prior to the examination, you will study a selection of set works.
- Section A – listening related to the set works.
- Section B – investigating musical styles through writing essays on the set works.
- Section C – understanding chords and lines – harmony exercise and identifying chords in a score

A2 Modules

Unit 4 – Extended Performance
Students will be required to produce a 12-15 minute recital which shows consideration for the music selected. You will also produce programme notes to accompany your performance.

Unit 5 – Composition and Technical Study
- You have the option of either completing two compositions, two technical studies or one of each.
- The composition briefs are set by the examination board.
- The technical studies include a choice of Baroque counterpoint, Chorales and Popular Song.

Unit 6 – Further Musical Understanding
There are three sections in this two hour examination:
- Section A – aural analysis – related to unfamiliar music which is linked to the set works.
- Section B – essay on music in context – related to the set works.
- Section C – essay on continuity and change in instrumental music – related to the set works.

Entry requirements

Ideally you need to have a Grade C or above at GCSE Music and be able to perform to at least Grade 5 standard on your instrument or voice to take this course. However, this is not a requirement and you should contact the Curriculum Leader - Music for further advice. You will need to be able to read music or be willing to learn.

Future opportunities

Music is highly valued by employers and higher education institutions. Possible career paths include Music Production, Music Retail, Music Performance Administration, Teaching, Song Writing and Composing, Music Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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