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Music A Level at Sir Thomas Wharton Community College

Course description

AS Music
Unit 1: Performing Music 30% (coursework)
- Perform as soloist and/ensemble
- 5/6 minute assessment in any style using any instrument

Unit 2: Composing 30% (coursework)
- Develop composition skills
- Produce 3 min. piece in response to chosen brief.
- Write CD sleeve describing aspects in influences of final composition

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding 40% (2 hour written exam)
- Listen & study scores from anthology
- Identify musical features & social and historical context
- Identify harmonic & tonal features

A2 Music
Unit 4: Extended Performance 30% (coursework)
- Perform as soloist and/ensemble
- 12/15 minute performance of balanced program of music

Unit 5: Composition & Technical Study 30% (coursework)
- Create final 3 minute pieces in response to given brief
- Knowledge & awareness of harmony through pastiche studies
- Choice of (A) one composition, one technical study or
(B) two compositions or
(C) two technical studies

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding 40% (2 hour written exam)
- Study set works from anthology
- Identify musical features, context and/or elements of continuity and change
- Listen to a wide range of music relating to 2 compulsory areas of study
- Compare & contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualise music & identify harmonic & tonal features

Entry requirements

The advanced course in Music is for any students who have achieved a B or above at Music or have studied theory to grade 5 level and play an instrument at grade 4 level and above. This is an EDEXCEL course.

Future opportunities

Teaching, performing, Armed Forces Band Musician, Music Industry, Recording Industry. However Music is accepted as by all universities as one of the A levels needed to access courses such as Law, Philosophy, Sociology, Performing Arts etc.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Sir Thomas Wharton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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