Music AS Level (Year 1 of 2 Year course) - 9483



This subject is equivalent to a subject on the ‘approved list’ for University Entrance.

Recommended Background:

Students should have completed Music IGCSE or Music NCEA Level 1 to a satisfactory standard and have a high level of performance ability on their musical instrument. Students taking AS Music must be attending lessons from an experienced music teacher. Students need a minimum of Grade 4 Theory (or equivalent). This is a 15 month course with exams in May/June of the second year of study. Student are expected to continue on to A Level Music on completion of AS Music. Note: Students who do not meet all the recommended background criteria above may still be able to take AS Music with approval from the Head of Department (this will include a short audition).

Course Description:

Students who take music will... Develop the ability to think creativity, work cooperatively, problem solve effectively and to enhance their higher brain function. See and experience the direct correlation between effort and the quality of a result. Discover and continuously develop their individual skills as musicians, building confidence in themselves and encouraging their peers to do the same. Goals This is a course for students who want to broaden their understanding of music in our world, develop their own musicianship skills and investigate music works more deeply. Students will... Compose effective original music and continue to develop their own unique compositional voice. Topics Covered: Listening to & Describing Music Understanding of musical elements and relevant musical vocabulary. Set Works: Baroque Music Bach’s Brandenberg Concerto No. 5 Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworkds Set Works: The Sea Wagners Overture from Der fliegende Holländer Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, Op. 33a Boulanger’s Les Sirènes Performing Present a 6 - 10 minute recital of performance on an instrument or voice (solo and/or ensemble repertoire). Composing Compose two contrasting pieces of music; each 1 - 2 minutes in length from any tradition or style. Progress in their techniques on an instrument of their choice (or voice), supported by individual or group tuition. Strengthen their knowledge of musical terms and notations so they can confidently discuss and analyse a variety of musical styles. Investigate the history of and influences on music from a variety of contexts. Thoughtfully discuss and debate musical issues and relevant topics. Where it Leads This is a 16 month course taught over five terms. AS Music leads directly to A Level Music after the May/June exam cycle. Studying music contributes to the development of a well-rounded and socially conscious individual. Music can also be a viable career choice and can be studied at University, up to and including PhD


Component 1 Listening External Compulsory Weighting: 60%
Component 2 Practical Music Internal Compulsory Weighting: 40%