Music A Level

Music A Level

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Music 

A Level 

Exam Board: Eduqas 

 Entrance requirements:  

Candidates will normally have achieved a 7 or above in GCSE Music. They must be having tuition on their principle study instrument/voice and they will normally have attained Grade 6 standard (though may only have taken the Grade 5 exam) on this before entry in the Lower Sixth form.  A good level of knowledge of music theory will be of great benefit. 

 

Career opportunities:  

Some who take A Level Music do so with the intention of going on to Higher Education in Music, either at University or one of the specialised music colleges. The A Level is, however, an acceptable subject choice for almost all humanities-based courses such as English, Law, History and Modern Languages, and in combination with Mathematics and Physics provides entry into Engineering Studio Music, Recording or Acoustics. It forms an ideal combination with other Arts based subjects, e.g., English and History. Previous candidates who have studied A Level Music have also gone on to read medicine at Russell Group universities as well as Oxford or Cambridge Universities. Due to the breadth of the A Level course and both creative and academic aspects, Music A Level is a well-regarded subject by top universities. A Level Music is a rare subject that demonstrates the full plethora of skills that both universities and employers look for. 

 

Structure of course:  

Through a study of a diverse range of musical genres, the A Level course provides candidates with a breadth of musical knowledge in preparation for higher education. The linear course allows pupils time to develop and extend their performance and composition skills, with all coursework being submitted for external assessment before the final exam in the summer of 2020. The Eduqas course allows pupils to play to their strengths and musical preferences with a range of different options available across the specification. Pupils can major in either performing or composing depending on which discipline is their forte; this is outlined below in Option A and Option B. 

 

Component 1: Performing  

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner 

Assessment overview 

 

Option A: 35% of the qualification 

  • Total duration of performances: 10-12 minutes
  • A performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces
  • At least one piece must be as a soloist
  • The other pieces may be either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both
  • One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study
  • At least one other piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one other, different area of study.

 

Option B: 25% of the qualification 

  • Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes
  • A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces
  • As a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both
  • One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study.

Component 2: Composing  

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by Eduqas 

 Assessment overview 

 

Option A: 25% of the qualification 

  • Total duration of compositions: 4-6minutes 
  • Two compositions
    • One compositionmust reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by Eduqas. 
    • The second composition is a free composition.

 

Option A: 35% of the qualification 

  • Total duration of compositions: 8-10minutes 
  • Three compositions
    • One composition must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by Eduqas.
    • The second composition must reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study (e.not the Western Classical Tradition) 
    • The third composition is a free composition.

 

 

 

Component 3: Appraising – Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes (approximately) 

40% of the qualification 

  • There are three areas of study
    • Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) which includes two set works, one for detailed analysis and the other for general study.
  • A choice of one area of study from:
    • Area of study B: Rock and Pop
    • Area of study C: Musical Theatre
    • Area of study D: Jazz
  • A choice of one area of study from:
    • Area of study E: Into the Twentieth Century (two set works)
    • Area of study F: Into the Twenty-first Century (two set works)
  • The exam includes questions on:
    • Set work analysis with a score
    • Extended responses on wider context of music
    • Unprepared extracts of music with and without a score
    • Comparison questions

 

It is expected that A Level students participate in more than one musical ensemble offered by the School. Students will also participate in one of the choirs in order to assist with the learning of more complex areas of the programme of study such as harmony and notation. 

 

It is also expected that pupils purchase their own copies of the required set works. These will be provided at the start of the course and payment can be done on the school payment system. 

 

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