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Music A Level at Chatham & Clarendon Grammar School

Course description

What is the course about?
This course teaches performance, composition and understanding of music at an advanced level and lessons explore western classical music, world music, popular music and jazz.

For whom is the course suitable?
This course would be suitable for you if:
• You have a love of many different kinds of music and are willing to explore and expand on this throughout the course
• You are about Grade 5 or above (or equivalent) on an instrument or voice
• You have a basic knowledge of music theory Grade 5 Theory is not necessary but useful) or have taken Music GCSE

Teaching Methods and Homework commitment
The course is taught using a variety of media, such as scores, CD’s and the internet. The main software used is Sibelius.
Homework is varied and could be essay based, composition or acquiring listening skills.

What could I go on to do at the end of the course?

This course could lead to a music, or other degree, or to employment with a musical slant.

Method of Study and Assessment

A Level Course

Unit 1 – Performing

● A  performance, in fromt of a visiting examiner, of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.

● Performance can be playing or singing solo, or in an ensemble.

● The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.

Candidate must perform at Grade 6 or above (or equivalent).

30% of A Level

Unit 2 – Performance

● Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by EDUQAS and one other free composition

or from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique and harmony - one must be in a classical style

30% of A Level

Unit 3 – Developing Musical Understanding

This unit focuses on listening to familiar and unfamiliar music and understanding how it works.

● Three questions related to the set works (audio and skeleton score provided).

● One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.

● Two essay questions – essay one (20 marks) and essay two (30 marks)

The set works  and topic areas studied are as follows:

Hayden’s Symphony 104

Mendelssohn’s Symphony No 4

An overview of the development of the symphony

Music Theatre and its development

focussing on Rodger’s & Hammerstein, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Claude-Michel Schonberg,

Sondheim and Stephen Schwartz

Music into the 20th Century

focussing on Debussy and Poulnec

(Unit 3 assessed on one written paper of 2 hours)

40% of A Level







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Entry requirements

See Prospectus on school website for details

How to apply

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Last updated date: 09 October 2018
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