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    Hm, so I noticed that there wasn't a Music A-level thread. Obviously this is a tragedy and it would be great if we had a thread to discuss ideas, share resources, and help one another with aural analysis, set works, compositions, bach chorales and performance tasks.

    Anyone else agree?
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    This is quite possibly the worst thread i have ever seen. #epicfail
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    (Original post by Tennisaurus23)
    This is quite possibly the worst thread i have ever seen. #epicfail
    That is quite possibly the worst name I have ever seen. #epicfail #sortyourlifeout #cretaceous
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    That is quite possibly the worst name I have ever seen. #epicfail #sortyourlifeout #cretaceous
    Unfortunately to understand the name you must be able to pass Btec music, which you clearly cannot.
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    Hi...I do Alevel music.
    Board AQA
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    As you can see, I failed at the exam...
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    Bump. Any other ppl that do music?
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    (Original post by keromedic)
    Bump. Any other ppl that do music?
    Woah, you aced your composition and performance!

    I'm Edexcel, anyone else?
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    Woah, you aced your composition and performance!

    I'm Edexcel, anyone else?
    Do you wanna upload a summary course outline so we can compare?
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    (Original post by keromedic)
    Do you wanna upload a summary course outline so we can compare?
    You mean the thing you just posted with the grades?
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    You mean the thing you just posted with the grades?
    No . What's required for the Alevel, haha.
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    (Original post by keromedic)
    No . What's required for the Alevel, haha.
    Ooh woopsie

    EDEXCEL
    Unit 1 - Performing Music - 15%
    At least 5 minutes, Grade 5 standard expected, extra marks given for a higher difficulty piece.

    Unit 2 - Composing - 15%
    At least 3 minutes, composition must fit one of four briefs selected by Edexcel. 40 marks given for the music written, 20 marks given for write-up.

    Unit 3 - Developing Musical Understanding - 20%
    Analysis of 9-10 pieces, not all of them come up in the exam, including aural analysis and an essay. Short unseen piece to analyse and 5 chords of a chorale to complete.

    Unit 4 - Extended Peformance - 15%
    At least 12 minutes. Grade 6 standard expected, extra marks given for a higher difficulty piece. Extra marks given for a contrasting and well thought through programme.

    Unit 5 - Composition and Technical Study - 15%
    Complete either two at least 3 minute compositions, one 3 minute composition and one technical study, or two technical studies. Each composition must fit one of four briefs selected by Edexcel. Each technical study will be either a chorale, baroque counterpoint, or a popular song, and will take the form of a 3 hour exam.

    Unit 6 - Further Musical Understanding - 20%
    Analysis of 12 pieces, not all of them come up in the exam, only essays this time. Aural analysis of 2 unheard pieces.

    What about AQA?
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    Ooh woopsie

    EDEXCEL
    Unit 1 - Performing Music - 15%
    At least 5 minutes, Grade 5 standard expected, extra marks given for a higher difficulty piece.

    Unit 2 - Composing - 15%
    At least 3 minutes, composition must fit one of four briefs selected by Edexcel. 40 marks given for the music written, 20 marks given for write-up.

    Unit 3 - Developing Musical Understanding - 20%
    Analysis of 9-10 pieces, not all of them come up in the exam, including aural analysis and an essay. Short unseen piece to analyse and 5 chords of a chorale to complete.

    Unit 4 - Extended Peformance - 15%
    At least 12 minutes. Grade 6 standard expected, extra marks given for a higher difficulty piece. Extra marks given for a contrasting and well thought through programme.

    Unit 5 - Composition and Technical Study - 15%
    Complete either two at least 3 minute compositions, one 3 minute composition and one technical study, or two technical studies. Each composition must fit one of four briefs selected by Edexcel. Each technical study will be either a chorale, baroque counterpoint, or a popular song, and will take the form of a 3 hour exam.

    Unit 6 - Further Musical Understanding - 20%
    Analysis of 12 pieces, not all of them come up in the exam, only essays this time. Aural analysis of 2 unheard pieces.

    What about AQA?
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    (Original post by leveridge96)
    sup
    Hey. You taking AS or A2?
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    You guys get a higher percentage for performance than we do, no fair
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    Hey. You taking AS or A2?

    You guys get a higher percentage for performance than we do, no fair
    I guess so . I'd fail on your board, lol
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    Hey. You taking AS or A2?

    You guys get a higher percentage for performance than we do, no fair
    Just gonna summarize the criteria now.. Just for my college tho' as there are other options
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    (Original post by keromedic)
    I guess so . I'd fail on your board, lol
    Your exam looks way harder, probably why it counts for less. We don't have as many marks given for essays, ours is mostly shorter easy answers
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    Your exam looks way harder, probably why it counts for less. We don't have as many marks given for essays, ours is mostly shorter easy answers
    AS
    Unit 1 MUSC1 Influences on Music

    Listening:
    • cadences – perfect, plagal, imperfect, interrupted
    • chord identification – tonic, dominant,
    · subdominant, dominant seventh in root position
    · and 1st/2nd inversions, cadential 6/4
    • compositional techniques, e.g. sequence, pedal,
    · imitation, canon, ostinato, riff
    • technical terms, e.g. appoggiatura, passing note,
    · note of anticipation
    • completion of a diatonic melody
    • tonality – modulations to the dominant,
    · subdominant, relative minor
    • instrumentation – those found in the standard
    · symphony orchestra and in jazz and pop music,
    · instrumental techniques including pizzicato, arco
    • texture – harmonic/homophonic, contrapuntal/
    · polyphonic, imitative, unison, single melody line
    • ornamentation – trill, turn, mordent
    • time signatures
    • intervals – major, minor and perfect
    • melodic/rhythmic devices – sequence, ostinato
    · pattern, riff, passing note.
    Essays:
    Set work: Beethoven, Symphony No.1, 1st and 2nd
    movements. Study will focus on these two movements from the
    set work. Candidates will be able to take an unmarked copy of
    the set work score into the examination room. Candidates answer one essay question from a
    choice of two.
    AoS2b Music Theatre: a study of the Musical
    from 1940 to 1980
    Candidates should look at significant musicals from
    within this period, with reference to:
    • solo songs
    • ensembles
    • music for the chorus
    • music for dance.
    Composers of the genre might include: Rodgers and
    Hammerstein, Bernstein, Lloyd Webber

    Unit 2 MUSC2 Creating Musical Ideas

    Free composition or pastiche in
    response to a given genre
    Candidates will respond to one of four given musical
    genres:
    Vocal music
    Small ensemble
    Electronic music
    Keyboard music.
    These four genres will remain the same each year.
    The composition should last 3–6 minutes. Within
    each genre, candidates can choose to compose in
    an appropriate diatonic style.
    Candidates should demonstrate understanding of
    and the ability to handle:
    • structure and development
    • appropriate tonality
    • use of melody
    • harmony and rhythm
    • texture, timbre and expression.
    The composition will also demonstrate the ability to
    handle:
    • perfect, plagal, imperfect and interrupted
    cadences
    • harmony in root position, 1st and 2nd inversion
    chords
    • modulation to an appropriate related key including
    dominant, sub-dominant, relative minor/major
    • use of the dominant 7th chord.

    Unit 3 MUSC3 Interpreting Musical Ideas

    Candidates offer two performances chosen from the
    following:
    (a) a solo performance on an instrument
    (b) a solo performance on voice
    (c) a solo performance on a second instrument
    (d) an ensemble performance
    (e) a technology-based performance 1 – Sequencing
    (f) a technology-based performance 2 –
    Multi-track/close microphone recording.
    Each acoustic performance should last 5–8 minutes.
    This unit will be internally assessed and externally
    moderated.
    For each performance, candidates may submit a
    single piece or a programme of shorter pieces.
    Candidates may perform their own composition if this
    makes sufficient technical and expressive demands
    on the candidate.
    Candidates must submit a score or lead sheet/
    detailed guide or recording of the original work with
    the recording of their performance and a Candidate
    Record Form (CRF).
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    (Original post by Flauta)
    Your exam looks way harder, probably why it counts for less. We don't have as many marks given for essays, ours is mostly shorter easy answers
    Will post A2 tomorrow
 
 
 
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