Unit 1: Performing Music
Students will perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Music from any style can be chosen. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of an assessed recital performance of at least eight minutes. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted. The standard expected at the end of Year 13 will be equivalent to Grade 7–8.
Unit 2: Composing Music
Students must complete two tasks in this unit. Task one is to compose a piece of at least 4 minutes in duration to a brief from a list, or a free composition. Task two is to compose to a brief in a specific style and be of at least one minute in duration – usually a chorale harmonisation in the style of J S Bach. The combined duration of the compositions needs to be at least 6 minutes.
Unit 3: Appraising Music
This unit involves the study of set works in six areas: vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, pop and jazz, fusions and ‘new directions’. Students work towards an examination which involves aural perception, melodic and rhythmic dictation, in-depth essays on set works and essays on unfamiliar music related to the areas of study.
Unit 1: Non-examined assessment (externally assessed) 30%
Unit 2: Non-examined assessment (externally assessed) 30%
Unit 3: Written examination (2 hours) 40%
Students should have achieved at least Grade 6 in GCSE Music.
They also need to be able to read music confidently and to be playing an instrument, or singing, at Grade 5 standard or above in the ABRSM or Trinity syllabuses, whether or not they have taken the examination. There may be exceptions for students who do not have GCSE Music if they have achieved Grade 6 or above in ABRSM or Trinity examinations.