|Course Name: Music A Level|
|Exam Board: AQA|
By the end of the course students will have achieved:
As a result, A Level Music has always been well regarded by universities and employers
Students to perform a solo and/or ensemble as an instrumentalist, or vocalist and/or music production (via technology). The minimum requirement is a 10 minute continuous recital. This is performed and recorded in advance of the written appraising exam and is externally marked.
Students to submit two compositions one in response to a brief and one free. A minimum of 4.5 minutes combined total is required. Both will be recorded and sent for external marking in advance of the written appraising exam.
Students to sit a 2.5 hour exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music. Section A: Listening (56 marks),- Unfamiliar pieces - but linked to the styles covered in the Areas of Study. Short answer (and some short essay answers) short melodic/rhythmic dictation Section B: analysis (34 marks) - Questions on pieces from the Area of Study 1 (classical) Section C: Essay (30 Marks) - . An essay evaluating some musical elements from two composers from one of the other Areas of Study (you chose which). This component is 40% of A Level marks (120 marks)
The three Areas of Study cover classical music between 1650 and today, as well as selected pop music of the 20th and 21st century.
This includes: Stevie Wonder, Muse, Vivaldi, Chopin, Mozart, Shostakovich, James Macmillan