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Music AS & A2 Level at The Westgate School

Course description

At AS Level:

 Unit 1: Performing Music. This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable.

Unit 2: Composing. Students compose two compositions, one set by OCR and one free choice. They will be accompanied by a score and recording.

 Unit 3: Listening and Appraising paper. This unit focuses on listening to music, both familiar and unfamiliar and understanding how it works. Students will learn how to compare and contrast pairs of excerpts and identify features within pieces.

 At A2 Level:

Unit 4: Extended Performance. Students extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable.

 Unit 5: Composition. Students compose two compositions, one set by OCR and one free choice. They will be accompanied by a score and recording.

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding. This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Students will learn how to compare and contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.

At A2 level, there is the chance to specialise in either performing or composing, which adds weighting to these areas.

Assessment

Unit 1: 6-9 minutes recording on CD. Externally moderated.

Unit 2: 2 compositions, score and recording (5 mins). Externally assessed.

Unit 3: Listening and written paper (2 hours).

Unit 4: 6-10 minute recording on CD. Externally moderated.

Unit 5: Scores and recordings (4-10 minutes). Externally assessed.

Unit 6: Listening and written paper (2.5 hours). 

Future opportunities

The study of Music at AS and A2 level provides an excellent basis for Higher Education courses in Music. It can lead to careers in performance, composition, publishing and media, music production, sound engineering, arts administration, event management, popular music, jazz and music education. Music helps you to develop a variety of skills such as analysis, dedication, group skills, self-confidence and self-reliance. It stretches your imagination and makes you think and react quickly. These are skills valuable to all types of employers. Music is a highly regarded academic subject and whether you take it with a view to a career in music or as an additional A level subject, it is held in high esteem by universities and other institutions of higher education. Most people, however, study Music because they love it and you will have plenty of practical opportunities to develop your talents

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Westgate School directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

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