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Music A Level at Norwich School

Course description

During the course of their studies, pupils will examine a number of key works and learn to describe and analyse the music they see and listen to. They will listen to a wide range of repertoire in a variety of styles and learn how to appraise the music they hear. They will develop their understanding of harmony and composition techniques by looking at styles including chorale harmony, two-part realisations and string quartets. They will also perform and record pieces for assessment.

Course content

AS:

·        Unit One: Influences on Music (30% AS / 15% A2)

o  General aural analysis and two essay questions based upon set work study (Beethoven – Symphony No.1; Baroque Choral Music)

·        Unit Two: Composing – Creating Musical Ideas (30% AS / 15% A2)

o  Study into harmonic techniques and counterpoint. Pupils will study chorale harmony and two-part realisations.

·        Unit Three: Performing – Interpreting Musical Ideas (40% AS / 20% A2)

o  Pupils will record two performances (each of 5-8 minutes duration). The standard expected will equate to Grade 5-6.

 A2:

·        Unit Four: Music in Context (40% A2 / 20% A-Level)

o  General aural analysis and two essay questions based upon set work study (Shostakovich Symphony No.5; English 20th Century Choral Music)

·        Unit Five: Composing – Developing Musical Ideas (30% A2 / 15% A-Level)

o  Continued study into harmonic techniques and counterpoint. Pupils will study Bach chorale harmony and Classical String Quartets

·        Unit Six: Performing – A Musical Performance (30% A2 / 15% A-Level)

o  Pupils will record one solo performance lasting 10-15 minutes. The standard expected will equate to Grade 7-8.

Any further enquiries into programmes of study are welcomed and can be made by contacting Richard Allain, Director of Music

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 February 2017

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