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MusicAdvanced Level at William Brookes School

Course description

This course offers candidates the opportunity to further develop their
performing, composing and listening/appraising skills. They encounter a wide
variety of music, particularly from the western classical tradition and jazz but,
in their own performing and composing, there is a considerable amount of
freedom in choosing the style, genre or repertoire. Many subjects combine well
with Music, from a wide range of Humanities and Languages as well as
Mathematics and Science. A qualification in Music could lead to higher
education, and employment possibilities include the music industry, teaching
and other related careers.
There are six units which comprise the complete Advanced GCE qualification:
three at AS, often taken at the end of the first year of study, and three at A2,
often taken at the end of the second. The content is organised around three
Areas of Study: The Expressive Use of Instrumental Techniques (AS), Words and
Music (A2) and Tonality (AS and A2). Each AS unit has a sister A2 unit as
follows:
AS Unit G351: Performing 1
Unit G351 consists of a 5 - 8 minute recital and either a performance on a
second instrument, in an ensemble or a performance of the candidates' own
composition (assessed as aperformance). Improvisation is also an option.
There is a discussion with the visiting examiner about the music performed.
AS Unit G352: Composing 1
For Unit G352, candidates complete a minimum of six Western Tonal
Harmony exercises and either compose for 4 - 10 acoustic instruments or
arrange a lead sheet of their own choosing.
AS Unit G353: Introduction to Historical Study
Unit G353 includes study of set works (prescribed repertoire consisting of 3
'classical' and 3 jazz pieces.)
A2 Unit G354: Performing: Interpretation.
Unit G354 requires a 12-15 minute recital as soloist, member of an ensemble
or accompanist, focusing on one area of performance. A visiting examiner
will discuss the focus of the recital relating to two different interpretations of
the pieces.
A2 Unit G355: Composing 2.
Unit G355 consists of a set of eight exercises developing stylistic techniques in
the use of harmony (candidates opt for one from a choice of 8) and a
composition lasting 4 minutes from a choice of three styles
A2 Unit G356: Historical and Analytical Studies.
Unit G356 involves a detailed study of a topic (one from a choice of 4). Both
units, AS & A2, assess aural skills and are externally examined timed
examination papers.
This course is suitable for those with an interest in the subject who have had
appropriate grounding. This may be through a variety of routes either formal
or informal, such as participation in musical activities, study of an instrument,
graded examinations, study of music theory and experience of music at Key
Stages 1, 2 and 3 and GCSE level.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music—grade A/B or equivalent or by interview/audition. This course is suitable for those with an interest in the subject who have had appropriate grounding. This may be through a variety of routes either formal or informal, such as participation in musical activities, study of an instrument, graded examinations, study of music theory and experience of music at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 and GCSE level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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