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Music at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School

Course description

Why Study Music?

This course is suitable for anyone who has made a commitment to studying music seriously. For any student entering this qualification, music must be a proven passion, supported by an intermediate command of an instrument or voice (Grade 5 standard approx). It is also expected that students will be able to read traditional staff notation.

What will I learn about?

The Course at AS Level

G351: Performing Music 1:

Candidates perform solo (on any instrument or voice) a programme of pieces which demonstrate representative features of the repertoire for the instrument or voice presented. If it is appropriate to the repertoire being performed, candidates may improvise. Candidates then demonstrate an extension to their ability by either performing on a second instrument, as a member of a small ensemble, as an accompanist, perform their own composition, or improvise a given stimulus. There follows a short interview about the music with the visiting examiner. 120 marks

G352: Composing 1:

Candidates are required to submit a portfolio representative of work undertaken throughout the course. This should demonstrate their developing compositional skills through a series of set exercises and through a composition or arrangement of their own choice. Candidates should demonstrate their ability to communicate clearly and accurately using staff notation, detailed performance directions and recording. 90 Marks

G353: Introduction to Historical Study in Music:

In this unit, candidates must demonstrate skills of aural perception that will allow them to recognise, describe and compare techniques and effects within selected extracts of music. By comparing similarities and differences in the contextual background to each of the prescribed classical & jazz works, candidates should begin to develop an awareness of musical history as an exploration of continuity and change over time. 90 Marks

The Course at A2 Level G354:

Performing Music 2 (Interpretation):

Candidates are required to demonstrate interpretative skills and understanding through performing and in discussion with the examiner. 

The performance will be a

focused recital, performed as a soloist, a member

of an ensemble, or as an accompanist, but not a mixture of these roles. Candidates

are required to have listened to, and compared, at least two interpretations of music relevant to the style or genre

that is the focus of their recital and to have supported their study by appropriate research. Candidates will be questioned on their listening, composition and research as part of a viva voce interview.

120 Marks

G355: Composing 2:

Candidates are required to submit a portfolio representative of work undertaken throughout the course. Candidates are expected to show the

development and extension of their compositional skills from Unit G352 through a series of set exercises and a single composition, chosen from vocal music, programme music or music for film or TV. Compositions can be for any combination of instruments.

90 Marks

G356: Historical and Analytical Studies in Music: Candidates should develop their knowledge and understanding of the two Areas of Study, Tonality and Interpretation. They should become familiar with the expressive features found in music that interpret text or other subject matter and with the ways in which this interpretation can create dramatic tension, characterisation, mood or feeling as appropriate to the genre, within the structural integrity of the whole.


Candidates should also study the expressive use of tonality in response to words or other stimulus.

90 Marks

How is it taught?

The course is a careful balance of tutored time & independent study with regular & specific deadlines to meet in each unit. Students have a personalised mentor session each week to monitor progress & set targets as appropriate.

How will I be assessed? G351 & G354: Performing


By visiting examiner between

March & April.

G352 & G355: Composing


Coursework submission in May, internally marked & externally moderated.


G353 & G356: Introduction to

Historical Study in Music:

Written examination in May or June.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements 

Grade B and above at GCSE Music. The ability to read staff notation. An intermediate standard (grade 5) on one or more instruments. It is not necessary however to have passed performance exams. 

*NB Please refer to page 5 of the prospectus as this course is subject to change.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.

Last updated date: 01 December 2015

Key information

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