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A Level Music

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

 

Lesson style:
Lessons are predominantly practical in nature, with students exploring concepts through practical music making. Compositional techniques, analytical and listening skills will also be developed.

 

Time Allocation:
2 years of study. All assignments will be assessed in the May/June of the final year.

 

Private Study:
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.

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