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Music AS and A2 Level at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith

Course description

This course covers performance, composing and appraising music. 

Course content

Year 12
Performing: A recital performance of one or more pieces to be recorded in school and externally marked. Can be a solo or ensemble performance. Minimum of six minute performance.

Composing. Coursework: Two compositions- one free and one to a brief. Each two minutes long and must be a total minimum of 4 minutes 30 seconds. Externally marked.

Appraising 40%. Written exam- One paper of 90 minutes. Three shorter questions, one dictation and two essay questions based on set works.
Vocal Music: Bach; Mozart..
Instrumental: Vivaldi; Clara Schumann
Film: Danny Elfman, Perlman.
Popular: Courtney Pine; Kate Bush.
Fusions:  Debussy; Familia Valera Miranda.
New:  John Cage; Kaija Saariaho.
 
Year 13
Performing:  A recital performance of one or more pieces to be recorded in school and externally marked. Can be a solo or ensemble performance or improvisation. Minimum of 8 minutes. Standard Grade 6+
 
Composing: One composition of at least four minutes either free or following a brief carrying 40 marks. One composition exploring compositional techniques and at least one minute long. Both pieces should be a minimum of six minutes long in total carrying 20 marks.
 
Appraising: written exam- One paper of two hours. Three questions relating to the set works, one dictation and two essay questions based on set works.  Set works same as in Year 12 but also now including the following:
Vocal Music: Vaughan Williams- On Wenlock Edge.
Instrumental: Berlioz-Symphonie Fantastique.
Film: Hermann-Psycho.
Popular: Beatles-Revolver Album.
Fusions: Anoushka Shankar-Breathing Under Water.
New: Stravisnky-The Rite of Spring.
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Entry requirements

Pupils wishing to enter the course will need to have achieved grade B at GCSE or show proof of practical expertise. You must be able to read music.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth Grammar School Penrith directly.

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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    • The school was founded by Royal Charter in 1564. It was formerly situated in the centre of Penrith near St. Andrew's Church, but moved to the new buildings on its present site in 1915. The main school was extended in 1937 and 1958. The Donald Fay Memorial Building consisting of four Technology rooms and two Information Technology rooms was completed by September 1995 and a new building providing six Science laboratories, four Mathematics rooms and another Technology room was opened in July 1998. In November 2001, the Peter Kremer Sports Hall and four English rooms were completed. Further building work in 2004, 2009 and 2014 has provided additional office space and four classrooms. The extensive playing fields are adjacent to the school.