Music

Key Stage 5 – A level

At Chipping Norton School students take the Eduqas examination for A level Music. This course aims to provide a broad musical experience, and develop aural awareness, composition and performance skills.

There are three main components in the A level course, Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising, some of which can be weighted differently.

Performance – Either 35% (Option A) or 25% (Option B)

This is a recital of pieces performed to a visiting external examiner in the second year of the course.  Pieces need to be of at least grade 6, with scores for the examiner to follow.  Timings are between 6-8 minutes for Option B, and 10-12 minutes for Option A. 

Composition – Either 25% (Option A) or 35% (Option B)

This is creating and developing music, some of which follow a brief set by the exam board.  There are three pieces to compose for Option B (8-10 minutes), or two for Option A (4-6 minutes). 

Listening and Appraising – 40%

Students study pieces from three Areas of Study.  The exam is 2 hours and 15 minutes, and divided into 3 parts.  Area A is two Symphonies by Hadyn and Mendelssohn.  Area C (from a choice of B,C,D) is Musical Theatre and a focus on six composers (Rodgers, Bernstein, Sondheim, Schonberg, Lloyd-Webber and Schwartz).  Area E (from a choice of E or F) is Music of the 20th Century, including pieces by Debussy and Poulenc.  These pieces are analysed and used in the exam, both from an aural and written perspective. 

Student Perspective on Music at A-Level

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