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Music A Level at South Bromsgrove High

Course description

Module 1 Title
AS: Unit 1: Performing Music (15% of total GCE)

This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a five-six minute assessed performance.

Module 2 Title
AS: Unit 2: Composing (15% of total GCE)

This unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of a three-minute piece in response to a brief set by the examination board. Students also write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of their final composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it.

Module 3 Title
AS: Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding (20% of total GCE)

This unit focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores. It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with each work as a whole, before learning how to identify important musical features and social and historical context. In the third section, students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and then apply this knowledge in the completion of a short and simple passage for SATB

Module 4 Title
A2:Unit 4: Extended Performance (15% of total GCE)

This unit gives students with opportunities to extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme

Module 5 Title
A2:Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (20% of total GCE)

This unit has two sections: composition and technical study. The composition section further develops students’ composition skills, leading to the creation of a final three minute piece in response to a chosen brief. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained in Unit 3 section C through the medium of pastiche studies. Students must complete two tasks in this unit choosing from either one composition and one technical study or two compositions or two technical studies.

Module 6 Title
A2:Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (20% of total GCE)

This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for much of the unit. It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with each work as a whole, before concentrating on important musical features, context and/or elements of continuity and change. Between works students should also listen to a wide range of unfamiliar music which relates to the two compulsory areas of study. They should learn how to compare and contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B or above. Associated Board Grade 5 or above (or equivalent)

Future opportunities

Primary, Secondary, Adult Education, Instrumental, Vocal, private tuition. Music Technology Recording/Instrument Maintenance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Bromsgrove High directly.

Last updated date: 23 June 2015

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