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Music A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

AS COURSE

Unit 1
Written Examination: Influences on Music/Developing Musical Understanding
1¾ hours 30% of the total AS marks
Students are given structured questions using a CD of musical excerpts and then answer two essay questions based on two Areas of Study, The Development of the Musical and a study of Beethoven’s 1st Symphony.

Unit 2
Composing: Creating Musical Ideas (Externally Assessed)
Coursework 30% of the total AS Marks
Students respond to one brief from a choice of three –
Brief A – Harmonisation of a melody and composing 2-part textures
Brief B – Free Composition
Brief C – Arranging

Unit 3
Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas (Internally Assessed)
10 – 16 minutes 40% ofthe total AS marks Students offer two performances (each 5-8 minutes) from the following:
1.Solo Performance on an instrument
2.Solo Performance on voice
3.Ensemble Performance
4.Solo performance on a 2nd instrument
5.Performance using Music Technology: Sequencing
6.Performance using Music Technology: Multitrack/Close Mic recording
The performing level is expected to be at least Grade 5 to access the highest marks.

A2 COURSE

Unit 4
Written Examination: Music in Context
2¼ hours 20% of the total A level marks
Students are given structured questions using a CD of excerpts and then answer two essay questions based on the Areas of Study, including a study of Elgar’s 1st Symphony

Unit 5
Composing: Developing Musical Ideas (Externally Assessed)
Coursework 15% of the total A level marks Students respond to one brief from a choice of three
Brief A – Harmonisation of a melody in the style of a Bach Chorale and composing in the style of a Classical String Quartet
Brief B – Free Composition
Brief C – Arranging

Unit 6
Performing: A Musical Performance (Externally Assessed)
15 minutes 15% of the total A level marks
Students will offer two (or more) contrasting pieces to form a short programme, as a soloist or using music technology or a combination of these. The performing level is expected to be at least Grade 6.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music AND instrumental or vocal study to at least Grade 5. Prospective students who do not meet both of these requirements should contact the Head of Music at either St. Aidan’s or St. John Fisher to determine their suitability for the course.

Future opportunities

This specification will provide students with the knowledge and experience required for all forms of further and higher education. It will give them understanding, and encourage appreciation, of all music genres in all contexts. The Areas of Study are chosen for their interest to all students and with much scope to use music technology. This course enables students to choose a path best suited to their needs. This could be within the music industry, academic study or for interest. It will give them a life-long enjoyment and understanding of music as a listener or performer, at any level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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