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Music at King Alfred's Academy

Course description

AS includes Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding – (40% of the AS course)This unit focuses on listening to familiar music and 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 and simple passage for SATB.

A2 includes

  • 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 from either one composition and one technical study or two compositions or two technical studies.

  • Entry requirements

    Typically students need at the very least 5 or more GCSE’s at grade C or above to be successful on an Advanced Course. There are more than 30 subjects to choose from though some may require more than a C grade.

    Students wishing to study this subject will need to achieve a minimum of 5 A*- B qualifications in subjects with a significant literacy content (e.g. English Lit., English Lang., History, Geography, RS, Business, MFL). In addition they will require at least a C grade GCSE in Maths.

    You will normally be expected to have achieved at least a Grade C in Music at GCSE level although students with suitable theory and instrumental qualifications equivalent to grade 5 will be considered.

    You will need to be at least grade 6 standard by the final A2 level year. A second instrument is valuable but not essential. At A level you should ideally be having regular instrumental lessons.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact King Alfred's Academy directly.

    Last updated date: 04 September 2014
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    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years