Music

You will be studying the EdExcel specification.

What will I be learning on this course?

'A' Level

Unit 1: Performance
You will work with your instrumental teacher to prepare a contrasting recital of a minimum of 8 minutes.

Component 1: Performing (*Component code: 9MU0/01)
Non-examined assessment: externally assessed
30% of the qualification
60 marks

Content overview

● Approaches to performing
Assessment overview
● A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
● Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising
music using music technology.
● The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.
● Performances must be recorded after 1 March in the year of certification and all materials
for assessment submitted to arrive by 15 May in the year of certification.

Unit 2: Composition
You will compose two pieces, one to a set brief by the exam board and one as a free composition. You will also study the basics of harmony including inversions, cadences and modulation.

Component 2: Composing (*Component code: 9MU0/02)
Non-examined assessment: externally assessed
30% of the qualification
60 marks

Content overview

● Approaches to composing

Assessment overview
● Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition
or also to a brief.
● One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a
free composition, carrying 40 marks for this component. This composition must be at
least 4 minutes in duration.
● One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique, carrying
20 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration.
● Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

Unit 3: Composition
You will study 18 set works from six areas of study (12 of which were learnt at AS), and will also learn about the context of these pieces.

Component 3: Appraising (*Component code: 9MU0/03)
Written examination: 2 hours
40% of the qualification
100 marks

Content overview
● Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.
● Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set
works.
o Vocal Music,
o Instrumental Music,
o Music for Film,
o Popular Music and Jazz,
o Fusions,
o New Directions.
● Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.

The areas of study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and
Jazz, Fusion, New Directions.

Assessment overview
● One written paper of 2 hours, with a total of 100 marks.
● One audio CD with the extracts to accompany questions on the paper will be provided
per student.
● This paper comprises two sections: A and B.
Section A: Areas of study and dictation (50 marks)
● Three questions related to the set works (audio and skeleton score provided).
● One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.
Section B: Extended response
● Two essay questions – essay one (20 marks) and essay two (30 marks)
● Essay one asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music
heard as an unfamiliar extract.
● Essay two gives a choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical
elements, context and language of one set work. Each option will be from a different
area of study.


How will I be assessed in this course?

'A' Level – is 100% externally assessed

Unit 1: Performance
You will perform your 8 minute recital in front of an audience which will be filmed and sent off to EdExcel. (30% of total A level marks)

Unit 2: Composition
You will complete two compositions during the course which will be sent off to EdExcel. (30% of total A level marks)

Unit 3: Appraising
You will have a 2 hour examination paper on the set works and wider context. (40% of total A level marks)

The three most commonly asked questions about this course are:

1. Do I have to read music and what grade do I have to be on my instrument?
Yes; Grade 4/5 minimum.

2. Will there be any additional support?
Yes – we use a composer-in-residence to help you with composition.

3. Is it hard?
Yes it is. However, we also feel that the course is highly rewarding.

SIXTH FORM

YG

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

 

Year 12

·         Performance 30%

·         Composition 30%

·         Appraising 40%

 

(different units to be taught by different teachers)

 

 

 

·         Performance 30%

·         Composition 30%

·         Appraising 40%

 

(different units to be taught by different teachers)

 

·         Revision

·         STUDY LEAVE

 

Year 13

·         Performance 30%

·         Composition 30%

·         Appraising 40%

 

(different units to be taught by different teachers)

 

 

 

 

·         Performance 30%

·         Composition 30%

·         Appraising 40%

 

(different units to be taught by different teachers)

 

·         Revision

·         STUDY LEAVE