Music

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Music

During the course all students will develop their performance and compositional skills and will gain a greater understanding of how to analyse music.

Examination Board OCR

Specification Number H543

Sixth Form > Our Pathways

Music

During the course all students will develop their performance and compositional skills and will gain a greater understanding of how to analyse music.

Examination Board OCR

Specification Number H543

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  • Course Overview
  • Entry Requirements
  • Assessment Information
  • Progression Route
  • How do I prepare?

Course Overview

During the course all students will develop their performance and compositional skills and will gain a greater understanding of how to analyse music.

Course Content
  • AOS 1: Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
  • AOS 2: Popular Song: Blues, Jazz, Swing and Big Band.
  • AOS 3: Developments in Instrumental Jazz 1910 to the present day.
  • AOS 4: Religious Music of the Baroque Period.
  • AOS 5: Programme Music 1820–1910.
  • AOS 6: Innovations in Music 1900 to the present day.
 
Course Leader of Music

Ms Newman

Entry Requirements

Sixth Form Entry Criteria: 

A minimum of 5 9-5 GCSE grades, which must include a grade 5 or above in either English Language or English Literature. If students do not have a grade 4+ in GSCE Maths they will be required to re-sit this qualification. 

 
Special Entry Requirements:
  • GCSE Music 5+ 

 

Students also need to be able to perform confidently (to grade 4/5 standard) on their chosen instrument.

Assessment Information

Students opt for either option A or B for composing and performing.

 

Option A:
Performing A = 25%
Students must perform two contrasting pieces that last a minimum of 9 minutes.

 

Composing A = 35%
Students must create compositions that last a combined duration of at least 8 minutes including:
• A composition where the brief is set by the exam board.
• A composition where the brief is set by the student.
• Three technical exercises. 

 

Option B:
Performing B = 35%
Students must perform three contrasting pieces that last 15 minutes.

 

Composing B = 25%
Students must create compositions that last a combined duration of at least 4 minutes including:
• A composition where the brief is set by the exam board.
• A composition where the brief is set by the student.

 

Listening and Appraising = 40%
This will be assessed through a 21⁄2 hour exam at the end of the course. The exam will include both listening and essay questions.

Progression Route

This subject opens the door to a wide variety of courses at University. You will have the experience and qualifications to gain access to the Conservatoire or study the following courses at University: Music, Music Performance, Music Technology and Popular Music.

How do I prepare? 

Recommended Reads
AS Harmony WorkbookRhinegold Education
AS Composition WorkbookRhinegold Education
Literacy WorkbookRhinegold Education
Useful Websites
A Level MusicExplore Website
YouTube: Haydn, Mozart & BeethovenExplore Website
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Course Leader of Music

Ms Newman

Joanna.newman@woodgreenacademy.co.uk