Theme of the week is: summer holidays
Examining Board: Edexcel
Link Tutor: Miss Gammon
Performing = 30%
Students perform a recital, playing one or a number of pieces totalling a minimum of 8 minutes. These can be solo or ensemble pieces.
Composition = 30%
Students must create 2 compositions:
•Composition 1 = 40 marks
•Composition 2 = 20 marks
● Composition 1 must be from either a list of briefs, specified by the exam board, related to the areas of study, or a free composition. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration.
● Composition 2 must be from a list of briefs specified by the exam board assessing compositional technique. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration.
Written exam = 40%
The exam is 2 hours long and is split into 2 sections:
Section A: Students answer questions on the set works they have studied and complete one rhythm/ melody dictation exercise.
Section B: Students complete 2 essay questions:
•Essay one asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music heard as an unfamiliar extract.
•Essay two gives a choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical elements, context and language of one set work
Lessons are predominantly practical in nature, with students exploring concepts through practical music making. Compositional techniques, analytical and listening skills will also be developed.
2 years of study. All assignments will be assessed in the May/June of the final year.
Private study will consist of:
1.Students creating ideas for their compositions
2.Private practice to prepare for their performance recital
3. Listening to and analysing a wide range of music genres to prepare for the listening exam.
Advisable for following careers:
Film or TV composer, performer, songwriter, music education, music therapy, radio, live event management. However, the skills acquired through the study of music make students employable in a much wider variety of career paths including law, medicine etc..
Good Combination with:
Theatre studies, Film studies, Languages, History, Geography.