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Music

This exciting new music A level course offers students opportunities to study contemporary music as well as traditional musical components.

In this course you will develop your skills in performing, composing and developing musical understanding. You will encounter a great variety of music both from the western classical traditions and from numerous more contemporary genres and, in your own performing and composing, you will have the freedom to work in whichever style and genre interests you.

Requirements

It is not necessary to have completed GCSE music though an understanding of music theory and a good level of competency on your principal instrument (or voice) is essential if you have not progressed through this route.

Events

As a music student you will play a full part in the musical life of the school and take part in the extensive range of co-curricular activities throughout the year, with performances in school and outside.

Year One

1) Performing (30%)

You will perform as a soloist or in an ensemble and are free to choose music in any style on any instrument/voice at Grade 5 standard. You will take part in various performances throughout the year.

2) Composing (30%)

You will develop your compositional skills during the year in a wide range of styles using Sibelius software to notate ideas. Formal compositional techniques and Bach Chorale harmonies are also taught.

3) Appraising (40%)

You will start your studies on the Western Classical Tradition looking at the 3 main strands of Baroque, Operas of Mozart and Piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg and set works within each area. You will then start study on 2 of the following 6 areas of study: Pop music, Music for media, Music for theatre, Jazz, Contemporary traditional music and Art music since 1910.

Year Two

4) Performing (30%)

You will continue to perform throughout the year at Grade 6 standard or above. You will prepare an 8-10 minute recital which will be recorded in March.

5) Composing (30%)

You will complete two compositions: One is at least 4 minutes long and is either a free choice or from a brief, the other is a technical assignment demonstrating your understanding of harmonisation.

6) Appraising (40%)

You will finish your study of the remaining set works and start preparation for the exam by focusing on exam technique. Listening skills will be heavily trained and tested in this year to properly prepare for the listening exam and its specific demands. Your chosen Areas of study will be revised constantly.

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