Music A2 Level (Year 2 of 2 Year course)



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

Recommended Background:

This is the 2nd year of a 2 year course. Students must complete the 1st year course in 12MUC in order to enrol in this course. Students taking this course will complete AS in the May/June examinations and then continue on to A Level Music. Note: Students wishing to enrol in scholarship may do so while completing A Level Music. Students may use pieces from their A Level recital performances as part of their scholarship portfolio.

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... Continue to develop their musicianship and technique through extended performance, composition or both. Topics covered: Students will choose to complete TWO of the three components listed below. Within each component students will demonstrate knowledge and technique, analysis, critical thinking and reflection. Extended Performance: Students present a 15 - 20 minute performance recital and a 1500 word research report. Extended Composition: Student presents 6 - 8 minutes of original composition and a 1500 word research report. Investigating Music: Student presents a 3000 word essay on a music topic and a 500 word reflective statement. Analyse and reflect on their performance and/or composition repertoire including deep investigation of the context around the works. Research music topics and present significant findings. Where it Leads 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 level.


Component 3 Extended Performance External Compulsory Weighting: 25%
Component 4 Extended Composition External Compulsory Weighting: 25%
Component 5 Investigating Music External Compulsory Weighting: 25%
Components 1 & 2 c/f AS Mark (May/June) External Compulsory Weighting: 50%