Subject Area: Visual & Performing Arts
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: OCR
We require grade 5 music theory and grade 5 performance, or equivalent ability (by audition). You will need to provide your own instrument and make your own arrangements for instrumental or vocal lessons. You will also need to have GCSE English at grade 4.
What will I study?
Component 1 – Appraising Music
You will be required to listen to and analyse excerpts of music and to write an essay based on the music you have heard. You will study the Western Classical Tradition and Music for Theatre; set works include The Marriage of Figaro and Miss Saigon.
Component 2 – Performance
You will be assessed on a minimum of six minutes of performance. You can perform as an instrumentalist or vocalist, or via music production. You will have the choice of working either as a soloist or in an ensemble.
Component 3 – Composition
You will be required to compose two pieces; one to a brief (from a choice of six) and the other a free composition. A minimum of four and a half minutes of composition is required in total.
In addition to providing essential background for those preparing for a career in music, this course provides a qualification for further study in music (BMus, BA), and also for theatre studies, media studies, religious education, and the teaching profession in general.
Did you know?
The UK market is the world’s biggest consumer of music relative to its population size.
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