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Music A2 at Charles Darwin School

Course description

The course is made up of three units: performing, composing and developing musical understanding. 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 are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of music. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted. Unit 2: 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. Unit 3: 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 contract pairs of excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.

Entry requirements

AS Music at A-E standard Performance ability on an instrument or voice

Future opportunities

Careers in: music performance, music teaching, orchestral management, music administration, music therapy and many other branches of the music industry.Students who study music regularly go on to study at university having developed excellent team working skills and communication skills during the course. Employers regularly employ musicians into a variety of different jobs due to the disciplined attitude to work that musicians have due to their rehearsal and practice regimes

Further information

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How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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