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MUSIC
A LEVEL AQA
 
This is a course designed to broaden and explore the many aspects of music through the three elements: performance, composition and listening.
 
The units will allow students to understand and utilise musical developments through time and across the genres, to enable them to become professional musicians.
Key Areas of Study
 
Performing:
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.
 
Composing:
Students write 2 compositions. One must be in response to an externally set brief and the other a free composition.
 
Exam:
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.
 
TAUGHT THROUGH:
Teacher and student led: seminar; discussion; peer assessment; independent research; practical outside workshops; performance; listening.
 
 
NEXT STEPS:
 
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.
 
Key Info
 
Entry Recommendations:
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.
 
 
Assessment:
Written
Performance
Composition
 
Tutor:
Sarah Shuttleworth
 
 
 
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