A Level Music

Course ID
A-Level-Mus

AS Level

Performing

30%

Use your AS level year to develop and extend your instrumental or vocal performanc skills. You will have support to prepare for a recital. Peripatetic teachers are available for teaching orchestral instruments, drums and voice. You may choose to play as a soloist or in an ensemble, or any combination of these, lasting 6 – 8 minutes in total. Continue being part of school ensembles and the long established musical tradition of Gowerton School.

 

Composing

30%

Learn to compose music in new styles and genres and explore and extend your use of ICT to create original music. Learn how to create and control modulations, use more complex chords and harmonies, learn how to effectively harmonise a melody, write two part counterpoint and extend your creativity in two completed compositions lasting 3-6 minutes.

Appraising and listening

40%

Learn more about the music you listen to and study a wide range of musical works. Analyse musical works in detail, find out how they were composed and discover hidden meanings within some of the greatest pieces of music ever written. Musical works to be investigated during the course include various musicals and Mozart’s Requiem. Also enjoy advancing and improving your general listening skills, and learn how to recognise aspects of music in more detail.

 

A Level

The A2 course continues with the units of AS, i.e. performing, composing and appraising.

Students will have to take all three units but can choose to study one unit in more detail

therefore 2 units at 15% and one at 20%. Students choose the option appropriate to

their strengths.

 

Performing

Students will have support to prepare for a recital. Peripatetic teachers are available for

teaching orchestral instruments, drums and voice. Students may choose to play as a soloist, or

in an ensemble or any combination of these for between 6 – 8 minutes ( or 10 – 12 minutes

if opting for the extended performance worth 20%) . Students are encouraged to continue

being a part of school ensembles and the long established musical tradition of

Gowerton School.

 

Composing

Students will continue to develop their compositional skills and particularly the use of ICT in

composing. In studying music from the Western Classical Tradition and Musical Theatre, pupils will enhance their own creative

and composition skills. Students will create two compositions lasting between 3 – 6 minutes

or if opting for the extended 20% in composition option complete three pieces lasting between 5 – 9

minutes

 

Appraising

Students extend their listening skills by studying various works and styles from

the Western Classical Tradition and Musical Theatre. Set works to be studied in depth include Verdi’s Requiem and works by Debussy.

Students’ listening and analytical skills will be assessed in a written exam, in two parts,

taken in May / June.

 

Extras

Continue to be part of the extra-curricular music life in Gowerton School and take part in our many and varied groups and ensembles, as well as extracurricular trips and activities. Recent activities involve concerts in the Brangwyn Hall, trips to Paris and London, as well as primary school workshops and opportunities to see operas and concerts.

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