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Music AS/A2 at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

Music and Music Technology is acceptable as an A Level to most universities but especially useful for those wishing to take music-related courses or careers.

Course content

AS Units

G351: Performing

Perform to a visiting examiner as a soloist, and in an ensemble, or on a second instrument. The 20 minute examination times includes an assessed discussion with the examiner about your performing. The expected performing standard is Grade 5.

G352: Composing

Part 1 – a portfolio of 8 exercise completed in lesson time showing an understanding of Bass lines, chords and textures

Part 2 – a composition in a style of your choice for four or more instruments

G353 : Introduction to Historical Study in Music

Part 1 – Unprepared listening question on instrumental music written between 1700 and 1830, and popular instrumental music from 1900 to the present day.

Part 2 -  Section B: Prescribed Works: two extracts from

  • 18th / early 19th century orchestra
  • Jazz  1920 – 1960

Part 3 – Short essay questions based on one area of the prescribed work

 

A2 Units

G354:  Performing Music 2

Section A: Recital: solo, ensemble or accompanying  (maximum 15 minutes)

Section B: Viva voce: interpretative understanding (approximately 5 minutes)

G355: Composing  2

Part 1: Stylistic exercises on Bach chorales

Part 2: Composition (max 4 mins). Choose from song writing; descriptive music, or music for film and TV.

G356: Historical and Analytical Studies in Music

Part 1: Questions based on an excerpt of vocal music written between 1900 and 1945.

Part 2: Questions based on Popular music written from 1945 onwards (2013 set works – Beatles Sergeant Pepper; Queen: A Night at the Opera; Norah Jones.; Not too late)

Assessment

Performing: 40% (Visiting examiner) Composing: 30% (Controlled assessment) Historical Understanding: 30% (Exam)

Future opportunities

Music and Music Technology is acceptable as an A Level to most universities but especially useful for those wishing to take music-related courses or careers.

Possible careers can include: Music Teaching, Performing, Media and Broadcasting, Arts and Events Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nicholas Chamberlaine School directly.

Last updated date: 09 December 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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