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Music A Level

If you have a passion for music, and wish to study it as an academic as well as a practical subject, this course is for you.

There are various areas of study: historical perspectives on music; in-depth analysis of set works; performance; aural awareness; appreciation of different styles and genres of music; music theory and compositional techniques.

You do not need to have studied GCSE Music to study A-level

 

+ Course details and future career paths

Component 1: Performing music (30%)

A PUBLIC PERFORMANCE IN FRONT OF AN AUDIENCE.

Students performances must be a minimum of 8 minutes long, and be Grade 7 or above in order to have a chance of getting the top marks. Performances will be submitted to the exam board by May of 2019 (for 2018 a mock version of these will be marked within the college using exam board guidelines).

Component 2: Composition (30%)

SUPERVISED COMPOSITION TIME.

For A Level there will be 1 Brief on Film Music/Popular Song (40 marks) and One Bach Chorale (20 Marks). They must be a combined length of 6-8 minutes long. Students will have 15 hours for your composition and 6 hours of supervised time for their Bach Chorale.

Compositions will be submitted to the exam board by May of 2019 (for 2018 a mock version of these will be within the college using exam board guidelines).

Component 3: Appraising (40%)

2 HOUR EXAM PAPER

Students will cover the listening/aural test examples and all of the set works before the exam. The exam is split into two parts:

  • Section A: (50 marks). Three questions relating to the set works plus one short melody/rhythm completion exercise.
  • Section B: Two essay questions (20 marks and 30 marks each).

Essay 1 makes links from the set works to an unfamiliar piece of music.

Essay 2 is a choice of three analysing the musical elements, context and language of one set work.

+ Progression

The A-level provides a sound basis for students wishing to proceed to Higher Education courses in Music or Performing Arts. It can lead to careers in teaching, performing, composition and music therapy as well as related areas in publishing and media. A-level Music is highly regarded by universities as it requires a high level of academic and also creative skill. It is on the list of subjects favourably looked upon by Oxford and Cambridge.

 

How to find us.

Recreation Road
Durrington
Wilts
SP4 8HH

Phone: 01980 652 467
EMAIL: Admin@avonvalleycollege.org.uk

 
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