Music AS & A Level at Presdales School
The course content for AS and A2 level music includes Performing, Composing and Historical Studies. Students should normally be at least grade 5 before commencing their course and should have some keyboard/piano skills.
Performing (40% of AS) – Assessed Examination
- Section A: Perform as a soloist and Viva Voce
- Section B: one of
i) Perform on a second instrument/voice
ii) Perform in an ensemble/duet or as an accompanist
iii) Perform one or two own compositions
Composing (30% of AS)
- Section A – Harmonic Language. This section is about finding a good bass line and harmony to a given melody.
- Section B – Either a composition for between 4–10 instruments or an arrangement of a leadsheet for between 4–10 instruments.
Introduction to Historical Study in Music (30% of AS)
- Section A – Aural extracts
- Section B – The study of orchestral music & Jazz
- Section C – Contextual Awareness
Performing (40% of A2)
- Section A – Recital – up to 15 minutes
- Section B – Viva Voce
Composing (30% of A2)
- Section A – Stylistic Techniques
- Section B – A vocal, programme music or film/TV composition lasting up to 4 minutes
Historical and Analytical Studies (30% of A2)
- Section A – Aural based on accompanied vocal music 1900–1945.
- Section B – Historical Topics
Students are required to have obtained at least a grade A in GCSE Music.
Assessment of recitals is by visiting examiner. Written papers are marked externally. The AS and A2 level composing is assessed at Presdales but moderated by OCR.
Music plays a vital role in the life of the school and in society as a whole. It would be wrong to consider AS and A2 level Music as a ‘dead-end’ subject or ‘merely a hobby’. In purely economic terms, the value of music to the UK economy exceeds £2.5 billion. In terms of value to a prospective employer A level Music helps to develop skills of communication and analysis as well as teamwork. There are many jobs available connected with music ranging from entertainment, radio and TV to teaching.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Presdales School directly.