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i need help on deciding whether or not i should take advanced higher music, as my teachers have suggested that i do it. i’m not working near grade 5 on my second instrument, so this would be a big inconvenience. however, i am working at this level on my first instrument. what grade do you need to be at in order to take advanced and how difficult is the workload in this class? any advice is welcome, please don’t be rude!
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i need help on deciding whether or not i should take advanced higher music, as my teachers have suggested that i do it. i’m not working near grade 5 on my second instrument, so this would be a big inconvenience. however, i am working at this level on my first instrument. what grade do you need to be at in order to take advanced and how difficult is the workload in this class? any advice is welcome, please don’t be rude!
The pieces you play need to be at grade 5 or above, and between your two instruments you need a programme of 18 minutes in length...There are some changes happening to the AH course next year (which are detailed here), and there is an option of doing one instrument and a portfolio- some schools may not really give this as an option though. Can't really say anything on the new composition assignment since it's new, but the document I linked gives an overview of the requirements of it. There are not too many new listening concepts to learn, but the level of understanding and analysis you do is obviously expected to be higher. People who have done the course will be able to provide a better insight than me, but hopefully this helps a bit!
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The pieces you play need to be at grade 5 or above, and between your two instruments you need a programme of 18 minutes in length...There are some changes happening to the AH course next year (which are detailed here), and there is an option of doing one instrument and a portfolio- some schools may not really give this as an option though. Can't really say anything on the new composition assignment since it's new, but the document I linked gives an overview of the requirements of it. There are not too many new listening concepts to learn, but the level of understanding and analysis you do is obviously expected to be higher. People who have done the course will be able to provide a better insight than me, but hopefully this helps a bit!
Thank you so much for this! Could i ask, is the 18 minutes split equally into 9 minutes per instrument, or can it be split differently?
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Thank you so much for this! Could i ask, is the 18 minutes split equally into 9 minutes per instrument, or can it be split differently?
The programme of music can be performed solo and/or in a group setting and
should last a total of 18 minutes. The performance time on either of the two
different instruments, or instrument and voice, must be a minimum of six minutes
within the overall 18-minute programme.

^^Straight from the assessment specification
Basically it can be split 6mins 12 mins, or any variation of that (7 and 11 mins, 8 and 10 mins, 9 and 9)
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i need help on deciding whether or not i should take advanced higher music, as my teachers have suggested that i do it. i’m not working near grade 5 on my second instrument, so this would be a big inconvenience. however, i am working at this level on my first instrument. what grade do you need to be at in order to take advanced and how difficult is the workload in this class? any advice is welcome, please don’t be rude!
I did this course last year and as I was at the right level for my first instrument, I played it for 12 minutes and I played my second instrument for 6 as I was definitely not working near grade 5 on it.
The listening part is okay and as labrador99 said, there aren’t that many new concepts to learn. If you do end up taking the course, use the website mymusiconline as it gives you lots of listening practice.
I don’t know exactly what’s in the updated course but I think there might be a bit of composition which you may have done in nat 5 and higher.
Some schools also give you the choice of doing advanced higher composition which I am doing this year which is basically the same course but with composition instead of performance.
Also think about if you need this subject for when you leave school, is there another subject that may be more beneficial to you?
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