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Music at The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College

Course description

The course allows students to study Music as a practical, intellectual and creative subject, covering listening, composing and performing. For the listening examination, students will analyse one set work, study musical theatre from 1940-1980 and the history of classical music.

AS Level
Unit 1: Influences on Music - The Listening Paper (20%)
Unit 2: Composing - Free composition (40%)
Unit 3: Interpreting Musical Ideas - solo and ensemble performance, or solo and solo on another instrument (40%)
 

A2 Level
Unit 4: Influences on Music - The Listening Paper (20%)
Unit 5: Composing - Free composition (40%)
Unit 6: Interpreting Musical Ideas - solo or ensemble performance (40%)

Music technology resources include Sibelius, Cubase SE, 16 PCs, studio-quality microphones and a portable PA system. A Level musicians will act as music leaders in several extra-curricular groups in the school.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in Music and GCSE grade B in English. Students should be able to read music and have achieved a minimum of Grade 5 standard, within the last 3 years, on an instrument or voice. For those who have not studied Music at GCSE, a minimum of Grade 6 on a musical instrument, achieved within the last 3 years, is essential with GCSE grade B in English.

Ideally, students should have studied Music Theory to a minimum of grade 4 and be willing to take the grade 5 Theory exam, or equivalent, during Year 12. Students must have performing experience in voice/instrument; Grade 5 is the standard level of musicianship students should be achieving at the start of the course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2015
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