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Hi, I've got a few questions regarding the Composition component in A Level Music:

1. The specifications say that the assessment of the own choice composition is 2+ hours and takes place over multiple sessions. Would it be alright to finish planning a free composition (not using a brief) before going to the exam centre? Or do they expect you to write a 4-minute composition right there?

2. Apparently the available briefs for this season will appear on 1st April. Does this mean we will be able to see the staves and notes before the assessment? Or only at the exam centre?

I'm unsure about what it's like to take Composition partly because this season will have the first music exam with the 2015 specifications.
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Hi there, which exam board are you using?

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Hi, I've got a few questions regarding the Composition component in A Level Music:

1. The specifications say that the assessment of the own choice composition is 2+ hours and takes place over multiple sessions. Would it be alright to finish planning a free composition (not using a brief) before going to the exam centre? Or do they expect you to write a 4-minute composition right there?

2. Apparently the available briefs for this season will appear on 1st April. Does this mean we will be able to see the staves and notes before the assessment? Or only at the exam centre?

I'm unsure about what it's like to take Composition partly because this season will have the first music exam with the 2015 specifications.
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yeah what spec?
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It's Edexcel.
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Hi, for Edexcel you need to do 2 compositions - 1 is in response to a list of 6 briefs (released 1 September) OR a free composition; and 1 is a 'tecnical study' (Bach chorale etc) which is released 1 April. You will not be able to see the task before then.

For the free composition: students must spend at least 2 hours on the development and final write up of the composition under teacher supervision, The preparation work just needs to be seen by your teacher so that they know it is your own work, so, yes, I think you can take preparaation work in with you. The 'examination centre' is really just your classroom, as you will do the composition in your usual lesson time (that's what usually happens anyway!) It does say 'at least 2 hours' so I think you are allowed more time in order to write a decent-length piece.

Ask your teacher if you're not sure.

Hope that helps!
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Hi, for Edexcel you need to do 2 compositions - 1 is in response to a list of 6 briefs (released 1 September) OR a free composition; and 1 is a 'tecnical study' (Bach chorale etc) which is released 1 April. You will not be able to see the task before then.

For the free composition: students must spend at least 2 hours on the development and final write up of the composition under teacher supervision, The preparation work just needs to be seen by your teacher so that they know it is your own work, so, yes, I think you can take preparaation work in with you. The 'examination centre' is really just your classroom, as you will do the composition in your usual lesson time (that's what usually happens anyway!) It does say 'at least 2 hours' so I think you are allowed more time in order to write a decent-length piece.

Ask your teacher if you're not sure.

Hope that helps!
Thanks for the information.
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