Key Stage 5

MUSIC
SPECIFICATION TO BE CONFIRMED

THE AS and A LEVEL PROGRAMMES OF STUDY

AS LEVEL

Performance (30%): In this component unit you develop your skills as a performer through delivery of a performance of over six minutes. You can perform music in any style, on any instrument(s) and/or voice as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted.

Composition (30%): For this component you develop your skills by composing a minimum of two pieces. One will be written in response to a chosen brief, the other will be a free composition. Each piece must be a minimum of 4 minutes and 30 seconds long. There is a possibility that one brief may take the form of a technical study for which understanding of harmony and specific composing styles will be covered.  (Note that this may only be at A Level, or may not be required.)

Developing Musical Understanding (40%): This component focuses on listening to both familiar and unfamiliar music and understanding how it works. You study a collection of set works from different musical styles and complete wider listening based on these styles. Additionally, you may use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features.

A LEVEL

Performance (25-35%): This component gives you opportunities to extend your performance skills by delivering a longer performance (more than 10 minutes) as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Again, you can perform music in any style, on any instrument(s) and/or voice as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted. (There may be the opportunity to do a shorter performance and more compositions).

Composition (25-35%): The composition section further develops your composition skills, leading to the creation of two pieces between 6 and 10 minutes long; one a written response to a chosen brief, the other a free composition. There is a possibility that one brief may take the form of a technical study for which understanding of harmony and specific composing styles will be covered. (Note that this may not be required.)

Further Musical Understanding (30-50%): This component 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. You will also listen to a wide range of unfamiliar music and learn how to compare and contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.