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Course outlineAdvanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level Music Courses - a summary
This is the current course outline offered by OCR (Cambridge) Examining Body.
Advanced SubsidiaryAS level areas of study:
- Tonality (The Language of Western Tonal Harmony)
- The Expressive use of Instrumental Technique
Section A : Recital Solo - max. 8 mins (60 marks )
Section B: Viva Voce (Discussion) - approx.5 mins (20 marks )
Section C: Extended performing
ONE of performing on a second instrument / ensemble / performing own composition / improvisation (40 marks)
AS: Composing Music 1 (90 marks)
Section A : The Language of Western Tonal Harmony ; A minimum of 7 exercises including 1 completed under timed conditions. (45 marks)
Section B : A composition or arrangement for 4-10 instruments, maximum length 3 minutes.( 45 marks)
AS: Introduction to Historical Study in Music (90 marks)
Timed Examination Paper (1hr 45mins + 15)
Section A: Aural extract: one of
- solo instrumental chamber or orchestral repertoire from the period 1700 to 1830
- popular instrumental music from 1900 to the present day (30 marks)
Section C : Contextual Study (20 marks )
Prescribed works to 2012:
18th/early 19th Century Orchestral
J.S.Bach: Orchestral Suite No 3 in D (Overture, Air, Gigue)
Mozart: Concerto in A for clarinet, Movt.3
Schubert: Symphony no.8 in b ("unifinished" ) Movt.1
Jazz 1920 to 1960
Jelly Roll Morton: Black Bottom Stomp
Count Basie: Jumpin' at the Woodside
Miles Davis: So What
Advanced LevelA level areas of study: Tonality and InterpretationA2: Performing Music 2 (120 marks)
Section A : Recital: solo, ensemble or accompanying - max 15mins. (100 marks)
Section B : Viva voce: Interpretative understanding - approx 5 mins (20 marks)A2: Composing Music 2 (90 marks)
Section A : Stylistic Techniques: a maximum of 8 exercises including 1 completed under timed conditions, (45 marks)
based on one of:
2-pt counterpoint, late 16th century / 2-pt Baroque counterpoint / Bach chorales* / Classical string quartets / early Romantic keyboard accompaniments / popular song* / serialism / minimalism
Section B : Composition: one of (45 marks)
- vocal setting of a text (max 120 words / 4 stanzas)*
- instrumental interpretation of a programme (max. 4 mins.)*
- music for film / TV (max. 4 mins.)
Section B is 'own choice' source material under the guidance and supervision of teachers.
A2: Historical and Analytical Studies in Music (90 marks)
Section A : Aural Extract 1900 - 1945 - vocal / accompanied / unseen (40 marks)
Section B : Historical Topics - Prescribed works (specific extracts) and related repertoire and contextual study (50 marks)
Two questions from three on one of six topics: (currently topic 2)
Dowland - First Book of Lute Ayres Schumann: Dichterleibe
Peter Maxwell Davies 8 Songs for a Mad King
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons / Spring and Winter Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique
Macmillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie
Music for the Screen
Korngold: The Adventures of Robin Hood
Glass: The Hours
Music and Belief
Byrd: Mass for 4 voices
Bach: St Matthew Passion
Music for the Stage
Purcell: Dido and Aeneas
Wagner: Die Walkure
Bernstein: West Side Story
Post-1945 Popular Music
Lennon and McCartney: Sergeant Pepper
Queen: A Night at the Opera
Nora Jones: Not too late
*Options currently taught for A2
The Music Department maintains a high performance profile within college and prides itself in fulfilling a two-fold role - quality AS and A2-Level Music teaching, resulting in a high pass rate when compared with the national average, combined with an intensive musical programme of high quality and consistently demanding public performances. The number of students wishing to follow Advanced Level Music courses has significantly increased over recent years and the department is one of the largest centres for the OCR exam board.
The Department aims to provide: -
- A happy, inviting atmosphere in which all students feel at ease and able to produce their best work.
- Clear guidance and instruction about the whole spectrum of musical study including study skills, organisation, higher education and careers information.
- Continuous monitoring of all aspects of the course including performance, composition, study of historical topics and technological developments.
- Homework set regularly, collected for marking and returned promptly with constructive feedback.
- An ambitious and varied extra-curricular opportunity leading to public performance of a consistently high standard.
The current accommodation comprises of:
- A rehearsal space on the ground floor for large-scale enrichment activities.
- A spacious classroom/Mac suite on the first floor (equipped with 16 Mac workstations, digital projector, interactive whiteboard, electric piano and HiFi), which can also accommodate small ensembles.
- A classroom on the 3rd floor, including a music resource library, 2 PC workstations, HiFi and digital projector.
- A music tech/recording suite housing 2mac and 3 PC workstations
- Three practice rooms, each with a piano and one practice room/listening room with HiFi and keyboard.
The Department has two full time members of teaching staff plus technical support and additional help with enrichment. All staff are music graduates having a wide variety of expertise in both the 11-18 field as well as the 16-19 age group.
Mr. B. Askew, B.A. (Hons.), L.R.A.M., P.G.C.E.
(Head of Department)
Mr. Askew is a full time member of staff, teaching Advanced Level music. He is a current examiner, national trainer for OCR AS and Advanced Level music recitals. He has also been invited by NORVIC to act as a peer mentor within the sixth form sector. He is frequently invited to adjudicate and conducts the Wind and Swing Bands and acts as co-M.D. for the annual production. His instrumental skills include clarinet, piano accordion piano and conducting.
Miss S.W. Roberts, B.Mus (Hons.), M.Mus., PGCE.
Miss Roberts specialises in composing and contemporary music. She is a principal examiner, moderator and trainer for composing in both in the UK and Internationally. Miss Roberts is co-author of the current AS level Music study guide.
At Greenhead College she directs the choir, delivers music technology enrichment and works with small ensembles. She organises the concert trip programme and oversees the AQA Extended Project.
Mr. B. Talbot, BSc (Hons)
Brian Talbot provides specialist technical support for all aspects of music technology; whether recording compositions, score production, studio recording or helping students to develop their technology skills. Both Mac and PC platforms are fully supported in the Resource & Tech. room.