Music *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College
Music is an enjoyable subject and goes well with just about any other subject at this level. There is scope to develop individual interests within a wide-ranging curriculum. Many pupils go on to study music at Higher Education level but the course is equally suitable to the enthusiastic amateur who will learn more about a subject which they already enjoy.
Music is available at both AS and A2 levels. This syllabus extends the GCSE skills of Performing, Composing and Listening in ways which emphasise pupils’ independence. Ability in all three areas is therefore necessary. We recommend that pupils have a grade A or above in Music GCSE, but far more importantly, we expect a real love of the subject.
Unit 1 Performing
This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and/or part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voices are acceptable as part of a five to six minute assessed performance. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted.
Unit 2 Composing
The unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of a three minute piece in response to a chosen brief. Students also write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of their final composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it.
Unit 3 Developing Musical Understanding
This unit focuses on listening to familiar music ad understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores. It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with each work as a whole, before learning how to identify important musical features and social and historical context. In the third section, students use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features and then apply this knowledge in the completion of a short a simple passage for SATB.
Unit 4 Extended Performance
This unit gives students opportunities to extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of music. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted.
Unit 5 Composition and Technical Study
This unit has two sections: composition and technical study. The composition section further develops students’ composition skills, leading to the creation of a final three-minute piece in response to a chosen brief. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained in unit 3 section C through the medium of pastiche studies. Students must complete two tasks in this unit choosing fromeither one composition and one technical study or two compositions or two technical studies.
Unit 6 Further Musical Understanding
This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for much of the unit. It is recommended that students familiarise themselves with each work as a whole, before concentrating on important musical features, context and/or elements of continuity and change. Between works students should also listen to a wide range of unfamiliar music which relates to the two compulsory areas of study. They should learn how to compare and contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.
The specification we follow is provided by Edexcel.
5-6 minutes, 30% of AS, 15% of A Level
30% of AS, 15% of A Level
3. Developing Musical Understanding
2 hours, 40% of AS, 20% of A Level
4. Extended Performance
12-15 minutes, 15% of A Level
5. Composition and Technical Study
15-6 minutes, 30% of AS, 15% of A Level
6. Further Musical Understanding
2 hours, 20% of A Level
Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.
The Music department is one of the most famous of its kind in the country and its excellent facilities are housed in a purpose built school, renovated in May 2009. It boasts a recital room, a recording studio, 3 classrooms (2 of which are technology based) and many practice rooms. We run Cubase and Sibelius composition software on thirty computers and in addition there is a huge resource of books in the department as well as in the Percival Library.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.