1 - APPRAISING (examination June 2020 - 40%)
Students will develop their listening skills, analytical skills, contextual understanding and essay writing through the following areas of study:
WESTERN CLASSICAL TRADITION 1650–1910
Baroque: solo concerti by Purcell, Vivaldi and Bach
Classical: opera by Mozart
Romantic: piano repertoire by Chopin, Brahms and Grieg
MUSIC FOR THEATRE
Numbers from Musicals including Oklahoma and Miss Saigon
ART MUSIC SINCE 1910
Works by Shostakovich, Messiaen, Steve Reich and James MacMillan
The exam paper involves listening to excerpts linked to the areas of study. Listening, analysing and contextual understanding are examined, using a range of short and medium answer questions, as well as extended essays.
2 - PERFORMING (recorded March 2020 - 35%)
Progress in performance is monitored and guided regularly as students work towards mastery of a recital programme. Final recitals with be recorded in March of the examination year before being sent to the external examiner.
Any instrument and/or voice
Solo and/or ensemble pieces
Mastery and quality of musical outcome is more important than the ‘grade’ of pieces
3 - COMPOSING (course work – 25%)
Students will develop their understanding of musical elements, especially harmony, in order to compose two substantial pieces of music which must total a combined minimum of at least four and a half minutes.
Composition 1 - to a brief set by the exam board (a Chorale in the style of JS Bach)
Composition 2 – pastiche or free composition
University Degree in Music (various specialisms are available) - BMus/BA/Bed
Conservatoire of Music Degree (specialising in Performing or Composing) - BMus
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‘I chose Music so I could pursue my studies after sixth form. It’s a specialist subject with lots of work but it’s great fun!’ Philippa, Music student