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Music AS/A Level at Wymondham College

Course description

This course is ideally suited to musicians with an interest in both popular and classical music. It caters for students with a range of musical backgrounds and provides opportunities to develop skills in performance, composition and musical analysis. Each unit can be tailored to suit the needs of the individual.

The College will provide free instrumental tuition towards the compulsory performance element of the course for five terms. Students are expected to join in the extra-curricular music provision at the College as this is an integral part of the course.

Course content

AS Level

  • UNIT 1: PERFORMING This unit provides students with opportunities to perform as a soloist and/or in ensembles. Students are free to choose music in any style, and instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 6 minute recital.
  • UNIT 2: COMPOSING This unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of two pieces, one free composition and one to a chosen brief. Both compositions must be four and a half minutes in total.
  • UNIT 3: DEVELOPING MUSICAL UNDERSTANDING This unit concerns listening to music and understanding how it works. Twelve Set works from an anthology provide the focus for a selection of dfferent tasks, including three listening questions related to the set works and two essays. One will ask the students to link their knowledge to an unfamiliar extract and one will ask them to evaluate the musical elements, context and language of one set work. There will also be a short dictation exercise.

A Level

  • UNIT 4: EXTENDED PERFORMANCE This unit provides students with opportunities to extend their performance skills as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. Students are free to choose music in any style as part of an eight minute performance.
  • UNIT 5: COMPOSITION OR TECHNICAL STUDY This unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of two compositions. The first composition can either be a free composition or set to a brief. This must be at least four minutes in total. The second composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional techniques. Together, the compositions must be a minimum of 6 minutes in total.
  • UNIT 6: FURTHER MUSICAL UNDERSTANDING This unit concerns listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology (those used for AS plus 6 more) provide the focus for much of the unit. It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with each work as a whole, before concentrating on important musical features, context, and/ or elements of continuity and change.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music Grade B, or above or good practical ability (grade 6), with grade 5 Theory. The ability to read music.

Assessment

A mix of performance, listening and written exams.

Future opportunities

Music A-level can be a stepping stone to becoming a professional musician or to associated careers such as recording, broadcasting, theatre, film, journalism and arts administration. It also provides the opportunity to pursue an interest in music to a higher level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wymondham College directly.

Last updated date: 27 May 2016

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