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Music - AS Level at RR6 Wimbledon

Course description

Why study Music? This is a flexible course designed to create a balance between analytical, practical and imaginative elements. Students will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (the basics at AS and stylistic studies at A2). You will build up aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the New Anthology of Music (Edited by J Winterson, Peters, 2000) and wider listening. What topics will I study? Studies will include: performing; composition and composition techniques; listening and understanding (including genre-based study and set pieces); specialist options and analyzing music. How will I be assessed? • Unit 1: will give you the opportunity to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. • Unit 2: encourages you to develop composition skills. Students write a CD sleeve to describe aspects of their final composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it. • Unit 3: gives you the opportunity to perform as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a short, assessed performance. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted. • Unit 4: focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. In the third section students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and apply this knowledge in the completion of a short and simple passage for SATB. • Assessment is through an examination. An example/illustration of the type of work involved: In the composition Unit (Unit 2) you will spend 15 hours composing a piece of music inspired by a choice of stimuli eg topic Life Cycle. You will then record this onto CD and design the look and detail of the CD cover.

Entry requirements

GCSE Music grade B or higher OR BTEC First Music at Merits or higher PLUS instrumentals skills (can be voice).

Future opportunities

Music students can choose to go on to further study at university either solely in music or as a combined degree. They will be able to perform with confidence in outside venues, work as arts administrators or become instrumentals or classroom teachers.

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 RR6 Wimbledon directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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