Music

Minimum entry criteria

A in Music + Grade 5 practical as a singer or instrumentalist and Grade 5 Theory

Board

EdExcel

Outline of the Course

Unit 1 - Approaches to performing

The purpose of this component is to assess students’ performing skills in a solo and/or ensemble context. You will be given the opportunity to rehearse and refine performances on your chosen instrument or voice, developing technical control, expression and interpretative skills.

Unit 2 – Approaches to composing

The purpose of this component is to assess students’ skills in composing music. It allows you to appreciate the process of creating music. You will learn more of the processes involved in creating music through developing the technical and expressive skills needed by a composer.

Unit 3 – Appraising

Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.

Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.

  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz
  • Fusions
  • New Directions.

Assessment

Unit

Type of assessment

Duration

Weighting

 

 

 

AS

A2

1

Coursework - Performance: A public performance of one or more pieces

Min. 6 mins AS

Min. 8 mins A2

30%

30%

2

Coursework - Composition: Two compositions, one set by the exam board, and one either free composition or also to a brief.

Min. 4 mins AS

Min. 6 mins A2

30%

30%

3

Examination:

Three questions related to the set works

One short melody/rhythm exercise

Two essay questions based on set works and an unfamiliar extract.

90 mins AS

2 hours A2

40%

40%

 

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