Rickmansworth School Sixth Form Prospectus
Examining Body - EDEXCEL LINEAR
REQUIREMENTS - GCSE LEVEL Grade 6 in Music Grade 6 standard to achieve full marks in Performing
ADDITIONAL COSTS Students are expected to receive instrumental tuition on their chosen instrument. The School provides financial subsidy for A Level students to have a 30 minute instrumental lesson each week of the school year. Students may opt to take additional music lessons with peripatetic staff.
ASSESSMENT A LEVEL - composed of three components: COMPONENT 1 - PERFORMING Non-examined assessment:
The Music syllabus is designed to build on the key skills learnt through GCSE Music, to produce well-rounded musicians. Students develop the ability to contextualize key musical processes in their historical setting, and draw comparisons and conclusions across time. The syllabus is divided into three components throughout the course. The EDEXCEL syllabus is ideally suited to the majority of youngmusicians as 30%of thegrading is awarded for performance, of which students can select all of themusic they are to perform themselves. The composition unit balances individual stimulus and creativity with a strong understanding of the foundations of compositional process through harmonic analysis. The listening exam each year places higher priority on developing analytical skills, listening skills and applying knowledge than learning extensivemusical fact about a fewpieces of music. All groups are taught by the Head of Department plus one other member of staff. All students are expected to take further private tuition on their selected instrument(s) for recital. These lessons can all be taken with the schools visiting peripatetic staff, and are timetabled to make effective use of students study periods. The school provides financial subsidy to all A Level Music students to have a 30minute instrumental lesson each week of the school year.
30% of A Level mark
externally assessed. 60 marks COMPONENT 2 - COMPOSING Non-examined assessment: externally assessed. 60 marks COMPONENT 3 - APPRAISING Written examination
30% of A Level mark
40% of A Level mark
100 marks The course content covers 6 Areas of Study, including: Vocal Music Instrumental music Music for Film Popular Music and Jazz Fusions New Directions
Music at A Level develops well-rounded students, not just musicians. The course is ideally suited to preparing students for musical study at both university and as a performance specialist at a Music Conservatoire. It provides a strong foundation for a wide number of careers within the music industry, including Sound Engineers, ArtsManagement, PRandPublishing. Thismixofskills anddedication, makeMusic a highly valued subject by universities.
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