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Music is a vital part of the way we communicate and interact with the world around us. A level Music develops both a deeper understanding of the nature and language of music, a broader awareness of its cultural and historical contexts and enhances a student’s listening, performing and compositional skills.

Studying Music helps to develop problem solving skills, independent research tasks, planning, analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as develop creativity. Other transferrable skills include self-discipline, composure under pressure, time management, communication, team and individual working ability – all gained from practice and performing. Students also learn technical skills through using computers, recording equipment and software to create and record music.

We follow the AQA syllabus and on this course students will develop performance skills, compose music and learn about harmony. Students will build up aural and analytical skills by studying a selection of set works. They are encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.

scheme of assessment

 

COMPONENT 2:

• Section A – Listening
• Section B – Analysis
• Section C – Essay

COMPONENT 2:

• Solo and/or ensemble performing as an
instrumentalist, or vocalist and/or music production (via technology)
• Students must perform a recital for a minimum of ten minutes

COMPONENT 3:

• Composition to a brief
• Free composition
• Programme Notes (150 words per composition)
• A minimum of 4½ minutes of music is required in total

 

AQA A Level Music, Specification A
(Course code: 7272)

COMPONENT 1: WRITTEN EXAM
2 hours 30 minutes
• 120 marks
• 40% of A level

COMPONENT 2: PERFORMANCE
• 50 marks
• 35% of A level

COMPONENT 3: COMPOSITION
• 50 marks
• 25% of A level

 

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