St Edward's Church of England Academy

Music


Music

Exam Type:Linear 2 year A-Level
Exam Board:Edexcel

About the Course

The course demands performing, composing, listening and analytical skills in almost equal measure. You will improve your skills in performing and composing in a range of styles. You will listen to a wide variety of music and develop a more informed appreciation and why it was written and/or performed.  You will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests in performance and composition as well as completing other tasks set by the Board, and there is the opportunity to develop your knowledge of Music Technology through the remix/ arranging options in component 2.

It is expected that students will have achieved at least Grade 6 in GCSE Music. This course is suited to enthusiastic musicians, who are keen to strengthen their knowledge and explore new ideas.

You need to be of at least a Grade 5 standard by the April of your first year, although you do not have to have taken any Grade exams.  It is very strongly advised that candidates are having lessons in their voice or instrument to support them through component 1.

The course demands performing, composing, listening and analytical skills in almost equal measure. You will improve your skills in performing and composing in a range of styles. You will listen to a wide variety of music and develop a more informed appreciation and why it was written and/or performed.  You will have the opportunity to pursue your own interests in performance and composition as well as completing other tasks set by the Board, and there is the opportunity to develop your knowledge of Music Technology through the remix/ arranging options in component 2.

Component 1: Performing 30% coursework

  • Total performance time of 8 minutes – performance can be solo and/or ensemble
  • Total of 60 marks

 

Component 2: Composing 30% coursework

  • 2 compositions
  • 1 free or free choice brief – minimum 4 min (40 marks)
  • 1 brief assessing technique – min 1 min (20 marks)
  • Together total minimum of 6 minutes

 

Component 3: Appraising 40% Exam

  • Exam 2hrs -Total 100 marks
  • 6 Areas of Study with 3 set works in each
    • Vocal Music
    • Instrumental Music
    • Music for Film
    • Popular Music and Jazz
    • Fusions
    • New Directions

This A-Level in Music can lead to further study in Music or Performing Arts in Higher Education at degree or HND level. Music can be used as part of your course to broaden your studies and may lead on to a career in the music industry.