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Music A Level at Cleeve School

Course description

The Music A Level course is an exciting and challenging balance of theory and practice, allowing individual students to develop all aspects of musicianship through Appraising, Performing and Composing.

The Appraising is taught through three Areas of Study. The first Area of Study is The Western Classical Tradition and includes one set work (Symphony

No.104 in D major, ‘London’ by Haydn).The second Area of Study will be decided by staff at the beginning of the course and will be from a Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre or Jazz genre. The third Area of Study will be based on

Twentieth or Twenty-First Century music and will include two set works. Appraising is assessed though a written examination that will include set work analysis with a score, comparison questions, questions on unprepared extracts of music with and without the score and extended response questions.

There are two routes through the Composition and Performance Components,allowing students to tailor their studies to their individual strengths:

Option A Performing: perform a minimum of three pieces with a total duration of between ten and twelve minutes. At least one piece must be a solo performance. The other pieces may be solo and/or ensemble performances

and
 
Option A Composing: create two compositions with a total duration of betweenfour and six minutes. One composition is in response to a brief set by the exam board and associated with the Western Classical Tradition. The second composition is a free composition.

Or
Option B Performing: perform a minimum of two pieces with a total duration of between six and eight minutes. These can be solo and/or ensemble performances and

Option B Composing: create three compositions with a total duration of between eight and ten minutes. One composition is in response to a brief set by the exam board and associated with the Western Classical Tradition. The second composition must reflect the musical characteristics of a different Area of Study while the third composition is a free composition.
 

Course content

A Level
Component 1 – Performing
Component 2 – Composing
Component 3 – Appraising

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved a C grade in Music GCSE and should be of approximately grade 4 standard on at least one instrument or voice (although actual exams need not have been taken). Where GCSE Music has not been taken, in consultation with the music department, instrumental/vocal grade 4 or above will be considered, as will other evidence of musical ability.

Assessment

Either Option A:
Performance 35% non-exam, externally assessed by
visiting examiner
Composition 25% non-exam, externally assessed by
WJEC Eduqas
Or Option B:
Performance 25% non-exam, externally assessed by
visiting examiner
Composition 35% non-exam, externally assessed by
WJEC Eduqas
And for both Options:
Appraising 40% two and quarter hour written
examination

Future opportunities

With a Music A Level students can progress in to further education, higher education or employment. Music can be studied at many colleges and universities including highly acclaimed Music Colleges such as The Birmingham Conservatoire and The Royal Academy of Music. However, Music A Level is highly regarded by all colleges and universities even for students wanting to follow a non-music course. Career pathways are
wide and varied and include music teaching, whether instrumental or classroom based, sound-engineer, choreography, music publishing, backing singing, classical music, arts administration, television and radio production, stage or screen work, radio presenting, music journalism, music therapist, composing, events management, festival organisation and stage management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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