Subject Leader: Miss Lucy Burgess

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What are we studying?

Component 1 Performing 30%

2 performances

  • Solo - minimum 1 piece - minimum 1 minute
  • Ensemble - minimum 1 piece - minimum 1 minute

Together total minimum of 4 minutes across the solo and ensemble pieces

Minimum total 2 pieces 30 marks each

Total of 60 marks

Component 2 Composing 30%

2 compositions

  • 1 to set brief – minimum 1 minute
  • 1 free composition – minimum 1 minute

Together total minimum of 3 minutes

2 pieces 30 marks each

Total of 60 marks

Component 3

Appraising 40% Exam

4 Areas of Study with 2 Set Works each:

  • Instrumental Music 1700–1820
  • Vocal Music
  • Music for Stage and Screen
  • Fusions

Exam 1hr 45mins

Total of 80 marks

Content:f study Set works

Instrumental Music 1700–1820

  • J S Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in

D major

  • L van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in

C minor ‘Pathétique’

Vocal Music

  • H Purcell: Music for a While
  • Queen: Killer Queen (from the album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’)

Music for Stage and Screen

  • S Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from the album of the cast

recording of Wicked)

  • J Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)


  • Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album ‘Volume 2:Release’)
  • Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album ‘Esperanza’)

How are we assessed?

Lessons will be a mixture of practical and theory.

Students need to learn about the following in order to critically appraise pieces of music through the contexts of areas of study:

  • form and structure of the music
  • appropriate musical vocabulary for each work
  • stylistic features of the music, for example the Baroque features to be found in the music
  • conventions used in different times and places
  • how music relates to the context in which it was created
  • how to express and justify their opinions and preferences.

Students need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language in relation to music that they have studied and to unfamiliar music for each of the areas of study.

Alongside the set works you will compose a piece throughout each set of 2 terms.

You will also be expected to prepare a performance piece every 2 terms which will be marked in order for you to know what improvements can be made and the suitability of the chosen piece.

What homework are you expected to do?


Regular lessons and practice of chosen instrument/voice – this should be at least 10 minutes a day, with 3 longer sessions.

Regular composition tasks – you will be expected to spend at least half an hour per week.

Practice theory development, essay practice and revision of set works

Learning meaning and spelling of key words

What can parents do to help?

Oversee regular practice of chosen instrument/voice and organisation of choosing pieces to perform.

Encourage participation in choir/orchestra or other suitable performance group

Testing of key words