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Music A Level at St Hilda's Church of England High School

Course description

AS outline:
MUSC1: Influences on Music

Written paper 1 hour 45 minutes
Section A contains structured listening questions using a CD of musical excerpts. Candidates then answer two essay questions, one based on the set work from the compulsory Area of Study, The Western Classical Tradition, and one based on a second Area of Study.

Compulsory Set Work: Joseph Haydn: Symphony No 104, movements 1 and 3

Second Area of Study: Musical Theatre: a study the musical from 1940-1980.

MUSC2: Composing: Creating Musical Ideas

Externally assessed coursework completed in controlled time of 20 hours.

Candidates respond to one brief from a choice of three:
- Compositional techniques
- Free composition or pastiche
- Arranging

MUSC3: Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas

Internally assessed coursework

Candidates offer two performances from a choice of six, including opportunities for solo, ensemble and/or technology-based performance.

A2 outline:
MUSC4: Music in Context

Written paper 2 hour 15 minutes

Section A contains structured listening questions using a CD of musical excerpts. Candidates then answer two essay questions, one based on the chosen set work from the compulsory Area of Study, The Western Classical Tradition, and one based on a second Area of Study

Compulsory Set Work: Elgar, Symphony No 1 in Ab major.
Second Area of Study: Four decades of Jazz and Blues 1910 to 1950.

MUSC5: Composing: Developing Musical Ideas

Externally assessed coursework completed in controlled time.

Candidates respond to one brief from a choice of three:
- Compositional techniques
- Free composition or pastiche
- Arranging

MUSC6: Performing: A Musical Performance

Externally assessed
Candidates will offer two (or more) contrasting pieces to form a short programme for either solo acoustic performance and/or performance via music technology.

Entry requirements

Grade C Music GCSE plus at least Grade 4 on an instrument/voice. The ability to pass Grade 5 Theory is also required.

Future opportunities

This course encourages candidates to draw on their experiences at GCSE and recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising. It offers a meaningful foundation for the study of Music beyond A-level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Hilda's Church of England High School directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

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