A level Music

In Pontefract

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Description

  • Typology

    A Level

  • Location

    Pontefract

Description

This is an enjoyable and stimulating academic subject. It enables you to progress through studies in musical techniques, analysis, history, composition and performance.

Important information

Government funding available

Facilities

Location

Starts

Pontefract (West Yorkshire)
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Park Lane, WF8 4QR

Starts

On request

To take into account

Normal college entry requirements apply (5 grade C's from 4 different subjects including Maths and/or English), plus a minimum of grade C at GCSE Music. Students should also have passed grade V theory.

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Course programme



Music


Why should I study Music?
This is an enjoyable and stimulating academic subject. It enables you to progress through studies in musical techniques, analysis, history, composition and performance.

What will I study?
AS Units


Unit 1
:
Performing Music
  • Perform a solo on any instrument or voice
  • Discuss your performance with the examiner
  • You will perform in an ensemble, or in a duet or as an accompanist or perform second instrument of perform one or two compositions or improvise.

This represents 40% of the total AS Level marks.

Unit 2:
Composing â€" The language of western tonal harmony
  • You will submit 7 exercises â€" 6 completed during the course and one completed under supervision.
  • Instrumental Techniques â€" a composition for 4 to 10 instruments not lasting more than 3 minutes.

This represents 30% of the total AS Level marks.

Unit 3:
Introduction to Historical Study
  • Aural Extracts either a piece written between 1700 and 1830 (solo, instrumental or chamber music)

Or
  • A piece of popular instrumental music taken from 1900 to present day.
  • Prescribed orchestral scores â€" Bach, Mozart and Schubert.
  • ii) Jazz, Jelly Roll Morton, Count Basie and Miles Davies
  • iii) Contextual Awareness

This represents 30% of the total AS Level marks.

A2 Units
Unit 1:
  • Recital
  • Viva Voce

This represents 20% of the total A Level mark.

Unit 2:
Composing 2
  • Stylistic Techniques
  • Composition

This represents 15% of the total A Level mark.

Unit 3:
Historical and Analytical Studies in Music
  • Aural Extract drawn from accompanied vocal music composed between 1900 and 1945.
  • Historical Topics â€" to be announced.

This represents 15% of the total A Level mark.

What skills do I need?
  • Problem solving
  • Research skills
  • Willing to contribute to class discussions


How will I be taught?
Analysis, history and harmony are taught in formal full-class sessions.

Drop-in sessions take place daily you are expected to attend at least one per week, in addition to following a practice regime.

How is the course assessed?
AS
Unit 1 â€" External Examiner Unit 2 â€" Marked internally, externally moderated Unit 3 - 2½ hour written exam

A2
Unit 1 â€" External Examiner Unit 2 â€" Marked internally, externally moderated Unit 3 - 2½ hour written exam

What will this course prepare me for?
You can progress to degrees in Music, Acoustics, Recording and Education. Music A Level is valued highly by admissions tutors across a wide range of academic disciplines.

Private Study
As an approximate guideline AS subjects require 3-4 hrs of independent study each; A2 subjects 4-5 hrs each and GCSE subjects 2 hrs each.

What materials will I need to purchase?
Not applicable, but you will need to continue practical lessons with a teacher and have your own instrument.

A level Music

Price on request