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Music AS/A Level at Hall Cross Academy

Course description

We welcome students from a wide variety of Performing Arts backgrounds onto our Sixth Form courses.

The A Level Music Course enables students to extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and to take part in making music.

You will engage in, and extend your appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development recognising the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing / realising, composing and appraising.

The course will allow you to broaden your experience of Music, develop imagination, foster creativity and promote personal and social development.

Course content

AS Level

Component 1 Performing 30%
  • You are required to present a performance of a minimum of six minutes in length demonstrating contrasting styles as a soloist or as part of an ensemble.
  • You are required to perform a minimum of two pieces, one piece must link to an area of study.

Component 2 Composing 30%
  • You are required to create two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC.

Component 3 appraising 40%

  • This will consist of a one hour and thirty minute listening exam based on extracts of music from the set works linked with two areas of study.
  • The study of the chosen set works will give you the opportunity to explore the relationship between music and it's context and to identify the influences which maintain continuity and cause change.
A Level
Component 4 Performing
 
Option A 35% (10 - 12 minutes)
  • You are required to present a performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces.  At least one of these pieces must be as a soloist. The other pieces may be either as a soloist, as part of an ensemble or a combination of both.

Option B 25% (6 - 8 minutes)

  • You are required to present a performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces, either as a soloist, as part of an ensemble or a combination of both.]

Component 5 Composing
 
Option A 25% (4 - 6 minutes) 
 
  • You are required to create two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC.

Option B 35% (8 - 10 minutes)

  • You are required to create three compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC.
  • Your second composition must reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study. Your third composition is a free composition.

Component 6 Appraising 40%
This will take the form of a two hours and fifteen minute exam, divided into three parts:
  • Part 1 (30 marks) will consist of two questions based around one area of study.
  • Part 2 (30 marks) will consist of two questions based around one area of study relating to 20th/21st century music.
  • Part 3 (40 marks) will consist of three questions based around a set work from the Western Classical Tradition.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE Music and at least a Grade 4 on an appropriate instrument.

Assessment

Component 1 Performing - 30% Externally assessed

Component 2 Composing - 30% Externally assessed

Component 3 Appraising - 40% Exam

Component 4 Performing - 25% or 35% Externally assessed

Component 5 Composing - 25% or 35% Externally assessed

Component 6 Appraising - 40% Exam

Future opportunities

A Sixth Form music course is a necessity for all those students who wish to study music as all or part of a degree / diploma course.

It is also desirable for any students wishing to study other areas of Performing Arts and for those who wish to follow careers in music retail, arts administration, music technology and technical theatre work to name a few.

Students may also consider music a viable option if they have a general interest in music, have some degree of ability and wish to study the subject in greater detail than GCSE music would allow.

Further information

As a Hall Cross Music student you will receive free instrumental lessons in order to help you achieve a higher level of musicianship. You are therefore expected to contribute to the wider extracurricular opportunities within the department.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Hall Cross Academy directly.

Last updated date: 17 May 2016
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