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Music at Swanwick Hall School

Course description

COURSE STRUCTURE - AS LEVEL

Module 1- Performing Music. This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Students can choose music in any style. Any instruments and/or voices are acceptable as part of a five/six minute assessed performance.

Module 2- Composing This unit encourages students to develop their compositional skills leading to the creation of a three minute piece in response to a chosen brief. Students also write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of their final composition.

Module 3- Developing Musical Understanding This unit focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide a focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores. In the third section, students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and then apply this knowledge in the completion of a short and simple passage.

COURSE STRUCTURE - A2 LEVEL

Module 4; Extended performance This unit gives students the opportunity to extend their performance skills as soloists and /or as part of an ensemble. Any instruments/voices are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of music.

Module 5; Composition and Technical study This unit has two sections; composition and technical study. The composition section further develops students’ composition skills, leading to the creation of a final three minute piece in response to a chosen brief. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness gained in unit 3. Students must complete two tasks in this unit choosing from either one composition and one technical study or two compositions or two technical studies.

Module 6; Further Musical Understanding This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. It is important that students complete as much listening as possible of a wide range of music genres. They will compare and contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.

Entry requirements

In order to access this course students must have achieved a minimum of A* - C in 5 different subjects including English and Maths at GCSE Level. You should be able to play an instrument at grade 4+. Ideally students should have gained a GCSE at Grade C or above.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Swanwick Hall School directly.

Last updated date: 02 July 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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