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Music AS/A Level at The College of Richard Collyer

Course description

AS (8MU01)

Unit 1: Performing Music (recorded performance coursework)
Perform one or more solo/or ensemble pieces lasting 5-6 minutes in total.

Unit 2: Composing (timed coursework project)
Produce one original 3-minute composition. Produce explanatory CD sleeve notes for the piece, describing your influences and the structure of the work. The exam board provides composing briefs in September of the course.

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding
Study a series of set works from the Renaissance to the present day. A 2 hour examination based on Listening, Investigating musical styles and simple 4-part harmony questions form the basis of the assessment.

A2 (9MU01)

Unit 4: Extended musical performance:
A 12-15 minute performance as soloist or part of an ensemble

Unit 5: Composition and/or Technical Study
Compose an original 3-minute piece in response to a brief. Complete one technical study from a choice of three.

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding
A 2 hour exam in 3 sections: Aural – Music in Context – Continuity and change in Instrumental music. Two sections are based on set works studied during the year.

Entry requirements

C in English Language and Grade 5 ABRSM (or equivalent) on one instrument

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The College of Richard Collyer directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2014

Key information

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