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Music

Subject: Music
Contact: Mrs C Scanlon (teacher)/Mr  C Clubb (CTL)

Overview

Students who opt to take Music at Key Stage 5 will be taught in a mixed ability option group.  Students are taught in up to 9 hours per fortnight and are expected to spend time studying independently, both to develop their musical skills and to commit to wider reading and listening to prepare for the examination.  Students can either sing or play an instrument for the performing element of the course and this is a choice that they make based on their own skills and areas of interest.  Assessment of performance at A level is undertaken by a visiting examiner.  This course follows and builds on the skills developed at GCSE although GCSE Music is not necessarily a pre-requisite.

Exam board and course

Eduqas A Level Music (601/8146/1)

Curriculum content

 

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 12

Music Theory

Musical Forms

Periods in Music History

The Symphony

Haydn Set Work

Popular Music

Composing Skills Western Classical Tradition – Free Composition

Developing Performance Skills

Year 13

The Symphony

Mendelssohn – General Study

Popular Music

Into the 20th Century

Performance Recital for visiting examiner

Revision

Board Set Composition Coursework

Developing Performance Skills

Assessment components

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Composing

Component 3:

Listening and Appraising

What's assessed

A performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces. At least one of these pieces 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.

What’s assessed

Two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC.

Learners will have a choice of four set briefs, released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken.

The second composition is a free composition.

What's assessed

This examination will assess knowledge and understanding of music through three areas of study. Area of study A

The Western Classical Tradition  (The Development of the

Symphony 1750-1900) is compulsory.  There are 2 set works; Symphony No. 104 in D major 'London': Haydn

and

Symphony No. 4 in A major 'Italian': Mendelssohn

The other two areas of study come from a range of board set choices.  At QPHS we study the following:

Area of study B: Rock and Pop 1960-2000

Area of study E: Into the Twentieth Century 1895-1935

How It’s Assessed

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

35% of qualification

How It’s Assessed

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by exam board

25% of qualification

How It’s Assessed

Written examination:

2 hours 15 minutes based on three Areas of Study

40% of qualification

Questions

Assessment of area of study A

(40 marks)

Learners are required to answer all questions.

1. A question on an unprepared extract with a skeleton score provided.

2. A detailed analysis question on a choice of either Symphony No. 104 in D major, 'London' by Haydn, or Symphony No. 4 in A major, 'Italian' by Mendelssohn.

3. An essay-based question which assesses knowledge of the development of the symphony in relation to both set symphonies and to the wider social, cultural and historical context.

Assessment of area of study B

(30 marks)

Learners are required to answer two questions:

One question on an unprepared musical extract.

A comparison question based on two unprepared extracts assessing wider understanding of the area of study.

Assessment of area of study E

(30 marks)

Learners will apply their knowledge and understanding to both familiar and unfamiliar music. Learners are required to answer two questions:

An analysis question on one of the two set works.

A question on an unprepared musical extract in which learners are required to:

1. Answer aural perception questions on the extract

2. Make compositional links between the music of the extract and one or more pieces they have studied during the course.

Enrichment opportunities

Show Choir – Thursdays 3:15-4:00 (all years)

Annual musical production (September - February)

V Factor – March

Performances

Student led bands – rehearsal spaces available to book at lunchtime/after school

Useful websites to support learning

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