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Music at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School

Course description



Outline of the Course

Unit 1 - Approaches to performing

The purpose of this component is to assess students’ performing skills in a solo and/or ensemble context. You will be given the opportunity to rehearse and refine performances on your chosen instrument or voice, developing technical control, expression and interpretative skills.

Unit 2 – Approaches to composing

The purpose of this component is to assess students’ skills in composing music. It allows you to appreciate the process of creating music. You will learn more of the processes involved in creating music through developing the technical and expressive skills needed by a composer.

Unit 3 – Appraising

Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.

Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.

  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz
  • Fusions
  • New Directions.

Entry requirements

Minimum entry criteria

Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Music or Grade 5 practical as a singer or instrumentalist and Grade 5 Theory




Type of Assessment




Coursework – Performance: A public performance of one of more pieces

Min. 8 minutes



Coursework – Composition: Two compositions, one set by the exam board and one either free composition or also to a brief

Min. 6 minutes



Examination: Three questions related to the set works

One short melody/rhythm exercise

Two essay questions based on set works and an unfamiliar extract

1 hour 30 minutes



Examination: Optional Paper: Decision Maths

1 hour 30 minutes


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 December 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September