George Salter Academy

George Salter Academy in West Bromwich, Sandwell, is a mixed comprehensive school for 11 to 16 year olds.

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Music

A Level

Music is constantly evolving; inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can. That’s why at GSA we’ve chosen a relevant and academic/contemporary qualification that offers you the chance to study a wider range of musical genres. The course has been designed to engage and extend the appreciation of the diverse and dynamic heritage of music, promote spiritual and cultural development, encourage life-long learning and allow students to progress to music-related and other careers.

Within the performance module you will develop your instrumental technique and the ability to interpret the performance details of your chosen pieces. During composition, listening and analysis sessions, you will develop aural perception and stylistic awareness skills, as well as an understanding of the different elements of music e.g. structure, instrumentation, harmony, rhythm, melody, etc.

Broaden your minds and foster a love of all music with a qualification that caters for the highest of academic and creative abilities.

Exam board/specification

AQA AS and A level 7271

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade B or above in GCSE Music and preferably Grade 5 standard or equivalent on your instrument. This subject is suitable for experienced performers who have a high level of musical theory knowledge.

Progression routes from this course

The course would be ideal preparation for a Music degree either at university or at a specialist music school. Top universities rate a Music degree highly when applying for courses other than Music. Career options in music include: performer, composer, musical director, teacher and music critic/journalist.

AS Modules/Units

  • Component 1 – Appraising music
    • Seven Areas of study (AoS) – students choose two: Western classical tradition 1650–1910 (compulsory), Pop music, Music for media, Music for theatre, Jazz, Contemporary traditional music, Art music since 1910
    • Set works strands – students choose either: Baroque solo concerto or The operas of Mozart
  • Component 2: Performance
  • Component 3: Composition

AS Assessment

  • Component 1: Externally marked (40%) – two hour paper. 96 marks
  • Component 2: Externally assessed (uploaded or posted) (30%) Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music production. 50 marks
  • Component 3: Externally assessed (uploaded or posted) (30%) Composition Students must compose two pieces. 50 marks

 

A2 Modules/Units

  • Component 1: Appraising music
    • Seven AOS as above – students choose three
    • Set work strands as above and in addition: Piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg
  • Component 2: Performance
  • Component 3: Composition

A2 Assessment

  • Component 1: Externally marked(40%) – two and a half hour paper. 120 marks
  • Component 2: Externally assessed (uploaded or posted) (35%) Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or music production
  • Component 3: Externally assessed (uploaded or posted) (25%) Students must compose two pieces. 50 marks

 

 

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