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Music at St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College

Course description

The OCR AS/A2 Music Specification gives students the opportunity to…

 

Extend the skills, knowledge and understanding needed to communicate through music and to take part in making music

Engage in, and extend their appreciation of, the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promoting spiritual and cultural development;

Recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising.

 

 

· Draw on their experiences at GCSE as well as offering a meaningful foundation for the study of Music beyond GCE level.

 

· Recognise the interdependence of musical skills, knowledge and understanding and the links between the activities of performing/realising, composing and appraising.

Course content

AS LEVEL

 

In Year 12 you will study THREE units:

 

1.  Performing Music I

2.  Composing I

3.  Introduction to Historical Study in Music

 

Unit I – Performing Music

 

This unit is made up of three parts.  The whole performing exam will usually take about 20 minutes and will be conducted by a visiting examiner.

 

Section A: Recital (60 marks)

A short programme of pieces in which you are the soloist.  Your programme should include contrasting pieces and should last no more than 8 minutes.

 

Section B: Discussion (20 marks)

The examiner will discuss your recital programme with you after your performance.

 

Section C: Extended Performing (40 marks)

A choice from…

- Performing a short programme on a different instrument

- Performing in an ensemble or duet

- Performing your own composition on the same instrument that you presented in Section A

- Improvising

 

Unit 2 - Composing Music

 

You have to complete both sections shown below.

 

Section A: The language of western tonal harmony (45 marks)

Seven compositional exercises

 

Section B: Instrumental techniques (45 marks)

You have to write a composition or arrangement, for between 4 and 10 instruments.

 

Unit 3 - Historical Study in Music

 

Section A (30 marks)

Several short aural questions based on two or three recorded passages from a piece of instrumental music.

 

Section B (40 marks)

There will be two groups of questions:

- the first group is based on a recorded extract and score from one of the three orchestral set works that you will have studied (25 marks)

- the second group is based on one of the three jazz recordings that you will have studied (15 marks)

 

Section C (20 marks)

You will write an essay question on an aspect of the background to one or more of the six set works that you have studied.

 

Orchestral Set Works:

Vivaldi: Concerto in e for bassoon & orchestra, RV484, 1st movement

Haydn: Symphony no.103 in E-flat, Hob.I:103 (‘Drum roll‘), 4th movement

Beethoven: Concerto in D for violin &  orchestra, op.61, 1st movement

 

Jazz Set Works:

Louis Armstrong: Alligator Crawl

Charlie Parker: Ko-Ko

Gil Evans/Miles Davis: It Ain’t Necessarily So

 

A2 LEVEL

 

In Year 13 you will study THREE units:

 

1.  Performing Music 2

2.  Composing Music 2

3.  Historical & Analytical Studies in Music

 

Unit 4 - Performing Music 2

 

Section A: Recital (100 marks)

A programme of pieces in which you are the soloist.  Your programme should include contrasting pieces and should last no more than 15 minutes.

 

Section B: Viva Voce (20 marks)

Detailed discussion with the visiting examiner on the music chosen for your performance.

 

Unit 5 - Composing Music 2

 

You have to complete both sections shown below.

 

Section A: Stylistic Techniques (45 marks)

Eight compositional exercises

 

Section B: Composition (45 marks)

You have a choice from…

- Vocal composition

- Programme music

- Film/TV composition

 

Unit 6 - Historical & Analytical Studies

 

Section A (40 marks)

Several short aural questions based on two or three recorded passages from an example of accompanied vocal music from 1900 - 1945

 

Section B (50 marks)

Two essays from a choice of historical topics.

Entry requirements

Music at AS/A2 is essentially a practical subject. Students studying MUSIC will be interested in the creative side of the subject. They will be interested in composition and also be able to demonstrate good practical skills on their instrument.  They will have studied the subject to GCSE level and gained at least a Grade B.

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on to study Music at a range of Universities to read Music. In recent years students have managed to secure places at Oxford, Southampton, Bangor and the Royal College of Music (London). Even those who go on to different things continue with their Music as a hobby and often continue to develop their skills as a hobby.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College directly.

Last updated date: 09 January 2015
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