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How to revise for A level music?

hey! I'm yr 12 doing a level music (eduqas) and I've been finding it difficult to study for the appraising exam since I don't have much revision material other than practicing exam papers and listening to set works. Any tips on what other materials to use or routines that have been useful for others?
Original post by stayhomecookrice
hey! I'm yr 12 doing a level music (eduqas) and I've been finding it difficult to study for the appraising exam since I don't have much revision material other than practicing exam papers and listening to set works. Any tips on what other materials to use or routines that have been useful for others?

I did Edexcel. My whole revision for Music A-Level was literally based off revision grids, flashcards, brain splurges and practice.

Revision Grids: Make a grid with the titles melody, harmony & tonality, rhythm & metre & tempo, structure, texture, instrumentation, and dynamics. In one colour, write everything that you can remember about the set work off the top of your head- not notes and not listening to it. Listen to it and repeat the process with a different colour pen- use what you can hear to add more information. Then open your score and get your notes out- add the details you missed into the grid. I did this for all my set works and each time I'd remember more and more. Another way of doing something similar is to play the set work and talk through all the key features that you can hear as you listen to it.

Flashcards: For wider listening and context.

Brain Splurges: I basically wrote down all of the wider listening and context points that I could remember in one colour and then added extra info that I missed using my notes in a different colour.

Practice: Do all the listening Qs and dictations that you can find either as a warm up exercise before you start your revision session or as a conclusion to your revision session. Also, if you can be bothered lmao, write or plan practice essays- what points would you make, what musical elements/features would you discuss, and what bits of context/wider listening would you include to back up each point? If you write any timed essays get your teacher to mark them.

If you're struggling to find resources like exam Qs, ask your teachers because they might have some available to give you.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck :smile: !!
Original post by kaorimiyazono
I did Edexcel. My whole revision for Music A-Level was literally based off revision grids, flashcards, brain splurges and practice.

Revision Grids: Make a grid with the titles melody, harmony & tonality, rhythm & metre & tempo, structure, texture, instrumentation, and dynamics. In one colour, write everything that you can remember about the set work off the top of your head- not notes and not listening to it. Listen to it and repeat the process with a different colour pen- use what you can hear to add more information. Then open your score and get your notes out- add the details you missed into the grid. I did this for all my set works and each time I'd remember more and more. Another way of doing something similar is to play the set work and talk through all the key features that you can hear as you listen to it.

Flashcards: For wider listening and context.

Brain Splurges: I basically wrote down all of the wider listening and context points that I could remember in one colour and then added extra info that I missed using my notes in a different colour.

Practice: Do all the listening Qs and dictations that you can find either as a warm up exercise before you start your revision session or as a conclusion to your revision session. Also, if you can be bothered lmao, write or plan practice essays- what points would you make, what musical elements/features would you discuss, and what bits of context/wider listening would you include to back up each point? If you write any timed essays get your teacher to mark them.

If you're struggling to find resources like exam Qs, ask your teachers because they might have some available to give you.

I hope this is helpful. Good luck :smile: !!

wow thanks so much! this is really helpful i'll use this for next time :smile:
Original post by stayhomecookrice
wow thanks so much! this is really helpful i'll use this for next time :smile:

Np :smile: Good luck with your exams!

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