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Music AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

Music A Level Examining Board: Edexcel

At the time of going to press, this new syllabus was still subject to Ofqual accreditation

Music AS Level Component 1: Performing Music: 30% of the qualification. Externally assessed. Students are required to perform one or more pieces as a recital in a public performance. They can play or sing a solo, in an ensemble or improvisation. The total performance time must be a minimum of 6 minutes. Performances will take place in the spring term of the year of certification Component 2: Composing: 30% of the qualification Externally assessed. Students will develop their compositional skills and submit a total of two compositions – one set to a brief given by the exam board and one either free composition or also to a brief. Each composition must be at least 2 minutes in duration. Component 3: Appraising: 40% of the qualification Written examination. Assessment is through a 90 minute examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

Areas of Study

Students will study a variety of set works linked to the following areas: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, New Directions The paper comprises of two sections: Section A: Areas of study and dictation  Three questions related to the set works  One short melody/rhythm completion exercise Section B: Extended response: Two essay questions  One linking a piece studied as part of the set works and an unfamiliar extract.  One giving a choice of three questions evaluating one of the set works studied.

Music A Level

Component 1: Performing Music: 30% of the qualification. Externally assessed. Students are required to perform one or more pieces as a recital in a public performance. They can play or sing a solo, in an ensemble or improvisation. The total performance time must be a minimum of 8 minutes. Component 2: Composing: 30% of the qualification Externally assessed. Students will produce a total of two compositions. Composition one carries 40 marks and must be at least 4 minutes in duration. It must be related to either a list of briefs which relate to the areas of study or a free composition. Composition two carries 20 marks and must be from a list of briefs which assesses compositional techniques. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration.. Component 3: Appraising: 40% of the qualification Written examination. Assessment is through a 2 hour examination paper set and marked by Edexcel.

Areas of Study

Students will study a variety of set works linked to the following areas: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, New Directions. Section A: Areas of study and dictation  Three questions related to the set works  One short melody/rhythm completion exercise Section B: Extended response: Two essay questions  One linking a piece studied as part of the set works and an unfamiliar extract.  One giving a choice of three questions evaluating one of the set works studied. Summer Holiday Preparation: • Keep practicing your instrument(s) / voice(s) everyday. • Listen to a variety of music which could come under the areas of study headings – develop an eclectic listening library!

How to hit the ground running: • If you are not already in a vocal group, join one – excellent training to help you with AS Aural. • Be prepared to listen to and read around your set works – do not just settle for what is covered in the lessons – develop a thirst for knowledge. • As well as practicing your instrument(s) / voice regularly, spend regular, short amounts of time trying compositional ideas out also – not just what your teacher ask you to do – set yourself some challenges.

Music A level students are expected to be involved in the department’s extra-curricular programme throughout the AS and A2 course.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The North Halifax Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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