Music

 

 Head of Department: Mrs S Philp: sphilp@kingalfred.somerset.sch.uk

 

About the course:

The course is divided into six units.

AS Units

  • Unit 1: Performing Music
  • Unit 2: Composing
  • Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding

A2 Units

  • Unit 4: Extended Performance
  • Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study
  • Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding

 

AS Music:

Unit 1 – Performing Music

This unit gives you the opportunity to perform as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. You and your teacher can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a five-six minute assessed performance. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted. Your instrumental teacher should be involved in preparation of pieces for your course. Performance at AS level should be of Grade 5 standard. Easier pieces may be played, but your mark will be scaled down. Harder pieces can be played for a higher mark.

30% of AS

15% of A2

 

Unit 2 – Composing

This unit encourages you to develop your composition skills leading to the creation of a three-minute piece in response to a chosen brief. You will also write a CD sleeve note to describe aspects of your final composition and explain how other pieces of music have influenced it.

30% of AS

15% of A2

 

Unit 3 – Developing Musical Understanding

This unit focuses on listening to familiar music and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for the

first two sections, through listening and studying scores. It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with each work as a whole, before learning how to identify important musical features and their social and historical context.

In the third section you use a score to identify harmonic and tonal features, and then apply this knowledge in the completion of a short and simple passage for SATB.

40% of AS

20% of A2

 

A2 Music:

Unit 4 – Extended Performance

This unit gives you the opportunity to extend your performance skills as soloist and/or as part of an ensemble. You and your teacher can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balance programme of music. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted.

30% of AS

15% of A2

 

Unit 5 – Composition And Technical Study

This unit has two sections: composition and technical study. The composition section further develops your composition skills, leading to the creation of a three-minute piece in response to a chosen brief. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony gained in Unit 3 section C through the medium of pastiche studies. You must complete two tasks in this unit choosing from either one composition and on technical study or two compositions or two technical studies.

30% of AS

15% of A2

 

Unit 6 – Further Musical Understanding

This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology – provide the focus for much of the unit. It is recommended that you familiarise yourself with each work as a whole, before concentrating on important musical features, context and/or elements of continuity and change. You should also listen to a wide range of unfamiliar music related to the two compulsory areas of study and learn how to compare and contrast pairs of excerpts, contextualise music and identify harmonic and tonal features.

40% of AS

20% of A2