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Music

Course Details
Dept - Music
Type of Qualifcation - AS / A2
Exam Board - EDUQAS

Additional Entry Requirements -
Advanced performance skills (instrumental/vocal) Grade 6 GCSE Music
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Course Content
AS Level
Performing (30%)
A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both.
Composing (30%) Two compositions one in response to a brief and one free composition.
Appraising (40%) Two areas of study: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1830)
A choice of one area of study from: Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre, Jazz

A Level
Option A:
Performing (35%)
A minimum of three pieces. At least one of these pieces must be as a soloist.
Composing (25%) Two compositions, one in response to a choice of 4 set briefs and one free composition.

Option B:
Performing (25%)
A minimum of two pieces either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both.
Composing (35%) Three compositions, one in response to a choice of 4 set briefs, one must reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study and one free composition.

Appraising (40%) Three areas of study:
The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) A choice of one area of study from: Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre, Jazz
Style of Assessment
All work is externally assessed by the exam board. Performances will be as a recital to a visiting examiner.
Whose kind of course?
• Anyone wishing to pursue a career involving Music
• Anyone who enjoys music
• Anyone who enjoys Music and has advanced performing skills

Stretch and challenge – Aiming for A*
All AS/A2 students are expected to contribute to the musical life of the school by participating in ensembles and performing in our regular Concerts and Services – Orchestra, Swing Band, Choir, Rock Band, Barbershop. In addition they are encouraged to lead their own ensembles – Clarinet, Flute, Sax Band - by being entirely responsible for their group. As role models, they are expected to lead their section in the Orchestra, offering support and teaching to the younger students. It is expected that they will be keen to perform solos at Concerts.
Career Prospects
Music A Level develops a variety of skills such as analysis, commitment, self- confidence and self- reliance. It is a highly regarded academic subject and held in high esteem by universities.
Performer, Teacher, Sound Technician, Composer, Arranger, Education side of Orchestras/Concert Halls, Recording, Instrumental teacher, Librarian, Critic, Music Production, Music Publishing, Journalist, Studio Engineer, Producer, DJ, Promoter
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