A performance with a minimum duration to an audience, of one or more chosen pieces in any genre, on any instrument or voice, The performance can be a solo, ensemble or improvisation.
Students write 2 compositions. One must be in response to an externally set brief and the other a free composition.
The exam is in three parts; listening, where students will be assessed on their ability to analyse and evaluate the music heard: analysis where students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of musical elements and musical language, and an essay, where students will be assessed on their critical understanding and ability to show sophisticated connections between the music and its context.
Areas of study:
Western classical tradition 1650–1910, Pop music, Music for media, Music for theatre, Jazz and Contemporary traditional music.
Teacher and student led: seminar; discussion; peer assessment; independent research; practical outside workshops; performance; listening.
What could you be?
Performer; Teacher; Composer; Arranger; Researcher; Administrator; Music Therapy; Education; Arts Administration; Music Editor; Media.
Where could you go?
BIMM; Southampton; Roehampton; Performance Conservatoires: Royal School of Music; Cardiff; Royal Welsh College of Music; BBC and Sky Arts Team.
Grade 4 or above in Music GCSE.
Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, Trinity College or Rock School Theory and/or practical grades are desirable.