MUSIC A LEVEL & MUSIC AS LEVEL COURSES

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A Level Music & AS Level Music Course

Music is a creative and engaging subject, which involves performance, composition and critical appreciation of a wide variety of music styles. Our students develop their understanding of key musical elements, contents and language, as well as refine their listening skills to be able to analyse and evaluate music to a high level. Westminster Tutors is well-equipped with the latest Sibelius software and a dedicated music room with a piano, where students can also have private instrumental lessons.

Course outline

Performing

  • Technical control – Technique
  • Expressive control – Style and context
  • Technical control – Accuracy
  • Expressive control – Fluency

Composing

  • Free choice composition
  • Briefs assessing technique
  • Creating and Developing Musical Ideas with Coherence
  • Creating and Developing Musical Ideas with Expressive Control
  • Creating and Developing Musical Ideas with Technical Control

Appraising

  • Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz Fusions
  • New Directions

Assesment

AS Level Music

Component 1

Public performance of one or more pieces

  • 60 marks
  • Minimum of 6 minutes total performance time
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 30% of total AS level

Component 2

Two compositions

  • 60 marks
  • Minimum of 6 minutes total performance time
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 30% of total AS level

Component 3

Examination

  • 80 marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes written paper
  • 40% of total AS level

A Level

Component 1

Public performance of one or more pieces

  • 60 marks
  • Minimum of 8 minutes total performance time
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 30% of total A level

Component 2

Two compositions

  • 60 marks
  • Minimum of 6 minutes total time
  • Non-examined assessment
  • 30% of total A level

Component 3

Examination

  • 100 marks
  • 2 hours written paper
  • 40% of total A level

Set Texts

Vocal Music

  • J. S. Bach, Cantata, Ein feste Burg
  • Mozart, The Magic Flute
  • Vaughan Williams, On Wenlock Edge

Instrumental Music

  • Vivaldi, Concerto in D minor, Op. 3 No. 11
  • Clara Wieck-Schumann, Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17: movement 1
  • Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique

Music for Film

  • Danny Elfman, Batman Returns
  • Rachel Portman, The Duchess
  • Bernard Herrmann, Psycho

Popular Music and Jazz

  • Courtney Pine, Back in the Day
  • Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
  • Beatles, Revolver

Fusions

  • Debussy, Estampes
  • Familia Valera Miranda, Caña Quema
  • Anoushka Shankar, Breathing Under Water

New Directions

  • Cage, Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos
  • Kaija Saariaho, Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics
  • Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring

Specification

Although we offer all exam boards as our courses are individually designed, our chosen specification is Edexcel Music (8MU0 and 9MU0).

Tutors

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Why Choose Westminster Tutors?

  • Top independent sixth form college
  • In 2020 A levels 68% A*-A and 92% A*-B
  • In 2020 72% placed at Russell Group unis
  • Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ across the board
  • Superbly qualified teachers who care
  • Average A level retake improvement is 2.4 grades
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Westminster Tutors is one of the oldest and best independent sixth form colleges in London. Established in 1934, our “culture of scholastic excellence” (Ofsted, 2018) is deeply embedded and sets the standard for other colleges to follow.

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We have had another superb year for A level results. Congratulations to everyone for all their hard work!

Published August 22, 2018