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Music at Chestnut Grove Academy

Course description

This course is currently structured to be the equivalent of 1 A level. The course content is still subject to OfQual revisions.

WHICH SKILLS WILL YOU ACQUIRE?

  • Composition
  • Listening
  • Performance
  • Rehearsal skills
  • team work, leadership, independent working skills, critical analysis

 

Course content

AS Level

Unit 1 – Influences on music                   30%    examination

Students should acquire, explore and apply musical language and context by the consideration of two Areas of Study; The Western Classical Tradition and British Popular Music from 1960 to the present day.  Study will involve listening to music, study of scores and gaining an awareness of the context in which the music was composed. Assessment will be by written paper with some questions using a CD of musical excerpts. The examination paper will last 1 hour 45 minutes.

Unit 2 – Composing: Creating musical ideas             30%    coursework

Students demonstrate their ability to create and develop musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources in response to a brief.

Unit 3 – Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas                                    40%    coursework

Students offer two performances chosen from the following: 

  • a solo performance on an instrument 
  • a solo performance on voice
  • a solo performance on a second instrument 
  • an ensemble performance 
  • a technology-based performance 1 – Sequencing 
  • a technology-based performance 2 – Multi-track/close microphone recording. 

 

A2 level

Unit 4 – Music in Context                                       40%    examination

Students should acquire, explore and apply musical language and context by the consideration of two Areas of Study:The Western Classical Tradition and Four decades of Jazz and Blues 1910–1950. Study will involve listening to music, study of scores and gaining an awareness of the context in which the music was composed. Assessment will be by written paper with some questions using a CD of musical excerpts. The examination paper will last 2 hours 15 minutes.

Unit 5 – Composing: Developing Musical Ideas                       30%    coursework

Students demonstrate their ability to create and develop musical ideas with technical control and expressive understanding, making creative use of musical devices, conventions and resources in response to one of three briefs as follows: 

  • Compositional techniques 
  • Free composition or pastiche in response to a chosen brief 
  • Arranging. 

Unit 6 – Performing: A Musical Performance                30%    coursework

Students offer two (or more) contrasting pieces to form a short programme for either acoustic performance and/or performance via music technology chosen from: 

  • solo acoustic performances – lasting 10–15 minutes 
  • technology-based performances 
  • one solo performance and one technology-based performance – the solo performance to be at least 5 minutes. 

Entry requirements

5A*– C, B grade at GCSE music and ability to play a musical instrument to at least grade 5 standard.  Basic keyboard skills and grade 5 theory desirable.

Assessment

Externally assessed coursework and examination

Future opportunities

Music A Level is not an easy option and is highly respected by all universities and higher education.  Students go into careers such as music production, teaching, composing and song writing. You could work in music retail, music production and music performance. If you decide to go to university or college, you could take a degree in subjects such as Music Performance, Music, Music Production and Music Management.

 

WHICH CAREER PATHWAYS EXIST AFTER STUDYING THIS SUBJECT?

·       Music Performance, Composer, Music industry, Publishing, Copyright, A&R

·       Many jobs & universities view accomplishment in Music as a desirable extra as it demonstrates dedication, independent thinking skills, creative problem solving & resilience.

  

WHICH SUBJECTS COMPLEMENT THIS COURSE?

·       BTEC Performing Arts

·       BTEC Music Technology

·       English

·       History

Further information

WHICH SUBJECTS COMPLEMENT THIS COURSE?

  • BTEC Performing Arts
  • History
  • English

Contact: Ms Durban, Head of Music - edurban.212@lgflmail.org

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Chestnut Grove Academy directly.

Last updated date: 30 September 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years – 5 hours per week.

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