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Music A Level at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College

Course description

There are three units representing the three major activities involved in this specification: - Performing
- Composing
- Appraising

Component 1: Performing
Non-examined assessment: externally assessed (30% of the qualification)
Content overview:
- A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
- Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
- The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes

Component 2: Composing
Non-examined assessment: externally assessed (30% of the qualification)
Content overview
- Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief.
- One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration.
- One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration.
- Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

Component 3: Appraising
Written examination: 2 hours (40% of the qualification).
Content overview
- Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.
- Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.
- Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.

Assessment overview
- One written paper of 2 hours, with a total of 100 marks.
- One audio CD with the extracts to accompany questions on the paper will be provided per student.
- This paper comprises two sections: A and B.

Entry requirements

Could I study Music?

You should:
- Have a passion for performing on an instrument, your voice or by using technology
- Be at grade 5 standard on your instrument or voice
- Have a flair for composition and have a good knowledge of music theory.
- Have a wide interest in different musical styles and an interest in analysing pieces of all genres.

Future opportunities

There will be opportunities to perform at the Annual Christmas Concert, Lourdes Concert, as well as informal lunchtime recitals. You will also be expected to take part in at least one extracurricular activity and support the liturgical life of our school.

In the last five years, pupils have gone on to study Music at Birmingham Conservatoire and York, Huddersfield, Bath and Falmouth Universities. Music A Level is also a useful academic course for entry to most degree courses and can be studied alongside other subjects in a Joint Honours program. Options such as English Literature, Foreign languages and Drama are commonly paired with Music.

Career progression opportunities include:
Music teacher/lecturer, TV and Media, Performer/Session player, Theatre, Journalism, Recording Studio manager, Sound Engineer, Copyright and Royalties law, Arts Administration, Tourism industry, Mobile phone industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Francis of Assisi Catholic Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 20 March 2017
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