MUSIC

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WHY STUDY MUSIC?

As you have already achieved grade 5 in your chosen instrument (not voice) and your grade 5 theory qualification, you are now ready for the next step in your journey as a musician.

Through rigorous theoretical analysis, intensive instrument study, and a comprehensive programme of composition, this course is designed to allow you to gain a much deeper understanding and love of music, with an emphasis on western classical styles.

By the end of this course, you will be:

  • performing at a grade 7 level (at least) on your chosen instrument (not voice);

  • able to analyse, in detail, orchestral music using a score or by listening;

  • composing confidently in the style of Bach, as well as your chosen style.

COURSE CONTENT

Component 1: Appraising music

AoS1: Western Classical Tradition – 50%

  • Baroque Solo Concerto

  • The operas of Mozart

  • The piano music of Chopin, Brahms, and Grieg

AoS2: Pop Music – 25%

  • Stevie Wonder

  • Joni Mitchell

  • Muse

  • Beyoncé

  • Daft Punk

  • Labrinth

AoS5: Jazz – 25%

  • Louis Armstrong

  • Duke Ellington

  • Charlie Parker

  • Miles Davis

  • Pat Metheny

  • Gwilym Simcock

 

Component 2: Performance

Instrumental study to at least the standard of ABRSM Grade 7.

 

Component 3: Composition

Composition following the convention of Bach chorale, as well as a free composition in a student chosen style.

RECOMMENDED RESOURCES:

  • AS and A Level Music Study Guide - Knight and Bristow, Rhinegold Education

ASSESSMENTS

Exam Papers

Component 1: Appraising music

(40%)

 

Non-exam Assessments

Component 2: Performance

(35%)

Component 3: Composition

minimum 4mins 30secs of music required (25%)

HIGHER EDUCATION ROUTES

Music / History of Music / Music Composition / Instrumental Study

POTENTIAL CAREERS

Orchestral Performer / Composer / Conductor / Music Scholar / Archivists / Music Producer / Contemporary Artist / Session Musician

EXAM BOARD: AQA

COURSE CODE: 7272

COURSE TYPE: A Level