Music A Level -

MUSIC A LEVEL

WJEC Eduqas: Option A (Performing) A660PA;  Option B (Composing) A660PB

WHY STUDY MUSIC?

Do you… love playing an instrument and performing? Like exploring and creating new music? Enjoy listening to music from a range of styles? Wonder about how and why music has developed the way it has? If yes, then the A Level Music course is for you! Where else can you play music and get coursework credit for it, create your own music, listen to music in class, and learn about different genres of music? This exciting course produces well-rounded musicians with knowledge of all genres from Western Classical Music to Jazz.

THE A LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Component 1: Performing - Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Option A: Performing (35%) A performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces (10-12 minutes). The other pieces may be either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both. Option B: Performing (25%) A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both (6-8 minutes). One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study

Component 2: Composing - Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by WJEC

Option A: Composing (25%, 4-6 minutes).Two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will have a choice of four set briefs. The second composition is a free composition. Option B: Composing (35%, 8-10 minutes). Three compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will have a choice of four set briefs. The second composition must reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study (i.e. not the Western Classical Tradition) while the third composition is a free composition.

Component 3: Appraising. Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes. 40% of qualification

Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) which includes two set works. A choice of two areas of study from: Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre and Jazz. A choice of two Twentieth Century set works.

Questions: 1. Set work analysis with a score; 2. Extended responses on wider context; 3. Unprepared extracts of music with and without a score; 4. Comparison questions. This component includes a listening examination.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

This course provides an excellent basis for lifelong learning and for a range of higher education courses, including performance, composition, musicology, ethnomusicology, sound engineering, conducting, popular music and jazz, and music education. The list is endless - see the Music department for a full range.

A CURRENT STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE

“Music has always being a passion of mine, so choosing A Level music really appealed to me. It allows me to pursue my interest in different styles, and gives opportunity to investigate all the different things that make up a piece of music. A Level music has allowed me to look in depth at the many genres of music from Classical to Modern. There are also countless opportunities to help broaden and perfect your performing skills both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble. Composition helps to broaden my understanding of the mechanics of music - it is always rewarding to listen to your final composed piece at the end and see how much you have progressed in this skill!”

- Natasha Lee, Year 13

SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Students must have achieved: B grade or higher in GCSE Music; Grade 5 standard on one instrument or voice; sound knowledge of music theory of at least grade 3; ability to read music from standard notation. Students receive a free weekly half an hour instrumental / singing lesson, arranged during Independent Study Periods. They will also be expected to participate in extra-curricular music groups to develop ensemble skills and general musicianship. Students will be required to have grade 4 or above in English and mathematics GCSE.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION please contact Miss S Johnson sjo@sandon.essex.sch.uk