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Why study this subject?

Music develops a mixture of skills which are highly sought in the world of work.

  1. self discipline (self-motivation, self-evaluation, self-confidence);
  2. develops communication – loyalty to a group;
  3. co-operation;
  4. commitment/perseverance;
  5. pride in achievement;
  6. reliability;
  7. ability to follow instructions;
  8. analysis and problem solving;
  9. decision making, leadership qualities;
  10. organisation, time keeping/accuracy;
  11. physical and mental co-ordination;
  12. imagination and inventiveness;
  13. aesthetic appreciation.
  14. ICT skills

Music combines successfully with many other subjects, arts, sciences and languages, and need not necessarily be your principal subject. For those wishing to pursue music as a career, the music industry is currently one

of the largest employers in the UK. In addition to teaching, performing and composing there are numerous opportunities including administration, publishing, working for recording companies, instrument manufacture, broadcasting, librarianship, sound engineering and journalism.

Which Examination Board?

Eduqas

Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

The AS is a standalone qualification. It does not count towards the A Level. You can opt into the AS qualification if you choose to drop this subject at the end of Year 12.

How will you be assessed?

Performing, Composing, Appraising.

AS level

Component 1:

Performing – 30% of qualification Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Component 2:

Composing – 30% of qualification Total duration of compositions: 4½ - 7 minutes

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by Eduqas

Component 3:

Appraising – 40% of qualification

Written examination: 1 hours 30 minutes

A level

Component 1:

Performing

Option A: Total duration of performances: 10-12 minutes

Option A: 35% of qualification

Option B: Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes

Option B: 25% of qualification

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Component 2:

Composing

Option A: Total duration of compositions: 4-6 minutes

Option A: 25% of qualification

Option B: Total duration of compositions: 8-10 minutes

Option B: 35% of qualification

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by Eduqas

Component 3:

Appraising – 40% of qualification Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

What is the outline content over 2 years?

Year 12

AS Level

AS Component 1:

Performing – 30% of qualification

Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces 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

AS Component 2:

Composing – 30% of qualification Total duration of compositions: 4½ - 7 minutes

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by Eduqas Two compositions:

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 Eduqas. Learners will have a choice of four 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.

AS Component 3:

Appraising – 40% of qualification Written examination: 1 hours 30 minutes

Two areas of study:

Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition

The Development of the Symphony 1750-1830, including a choice of one set work from either:

Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’, movements 1 and 2: Haydn

A choice of one area of study from:

  • Area of study B: Rock and Pop 1960-1990.
  • Area of study C: Musical Theatre – Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, Claude-Michel Schönberg and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Area of study D: Jazz between 1920 and 1950.

There are no set works in Areas of study B, C or D.

Questions:

  1. Set work analysis with a score
  2. Extended responses on wider context
  3. Unprepared extracts of music with and without a score
  4. Comparison questions

Year 13

A Level

Component 1:

Performing

Option A: Total duration of performances: 10-12 minutes

Option A: 35% of qualification

Option B: Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes

Option B: 25% of qualification

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner

Option A: Performing (35%)

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.

Option B: Performing (25%)

A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces 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.

Component 2: Composing

Option A: Total duration of compositions: 4-6 minutes

Option A: 25% of qualification

Option B: Total duration of compositions: 8-10 minutes

Option B: 35% of qualification

Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by WJEC

Option A: Composing (25%)

Two compositions:

One piece which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by Eduqas. 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.

Or

Option B: Composing (35%)

Three compositions:

One composition must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by Eduqas. 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 must reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study (i.e. not the Western Classical Tradition).

The third composition is a free composition.

Component 3: Appraising

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes – 40% of qualification Three areas of study:

Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) which includes two set works. Choose one set work for detailed analysis and the other for general study.

  • Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’: Haydn
  • Symphony No.4 in A major, ‘Italian’: Mendelssohn

A choice of one area of study from: Area of Study B: Rock and Pop  Area of Study C: Musical Theatre Area of Study D: Jazz

A choice of one area of study from:

Area of Study E: Into the Twentieth Century including two set works:

  • Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Movement II: Poulenc
  • Three Nocturnes, Number 1, Nuages: Debussy

Area of Study F: Into the Twenty-first Century including two set works:

  • Asyla, Movement 3, Ecstasio: Thomas Adès
  • String Quartet No.2 (Opus California) Movements 1 (Boardwalk) and 4 (Natural Bridges): Sally Beamish