The Music Department at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School is very active in all forms of music making with 20 different musical clubs and ensembles running and a huge variety of performance opportunities that in the last couple of years have included Notre-Dame Paris, Canterbury Cathedral, the Marlowe Theatre and Salzburg Cathedral. Our A Level course will support you in forming personal and meaningful relationships with music through the development of musical knowledge, understanding and skills including performing, composing and appraising. You will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, develop an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.
Outline of the Course
Unit 1 - Approaches to performing
The purpose of this component is to assess students’ performing skills in a solo and/or ensemble context. You will be given the opportunity to rehearse and refine performances on your chosen instrument or voice, developing technical control, expression and interpretative skills.
Unit 2 – Approaches to composing
The purpose of this component is to assess students’ skills in composing music. It allows you to appreciate the process of creating music. You will learn more of the processes involved in creating music through developing the technical and expressive skills needed by a composer.
Unit 3 – Appraising
Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language. Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.
Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.
- Vocal Music
- Instrumental Music
- Music for Film
- Popular Music and Jazz
- New Directions
Type of Assessment
Coursework – Performance: A public performance of one of more pieces
Min. 8 minutes
Coursework – Composition: Two compositions, one set by the exam board and one either free composition or also to a brief
Min. 6 minutes
Examination: Three questions related to the set works
One short melody/rhythm exercise
Two essay questions based on set works and an unfamiliar extract
1 hour 30 minutes
Examination: Optional Paper: Decision Maths
1 hour 30 minutes
Minimum entry criteria
Guarantees a place on the course: 7 in Music or Grade 5 practical as a singer or instrumentalist and Grade 5 Theory