Performing – Coursework – 30% of marks
Composing – Coursework – 30% of marks
Appraising – Exam Paper – 40% of marks
This component focuses on developing solo performance skills, (technical control, expression and
interpretation), to be able to perform a public recital in March of year 13, lasting at least eight minutes. The set standard is grade 7 or equivalent (although it is possible to achieve strong marks with grade 6 pieces if required).
This component will encourage students to develop creative thinking, sensitivity, critical awareness, self-confidence and self-motivation, as well as performing with control, using phrasing and dynamics appropriate to their chosen styles and moods of music.
This component focuses on developing skills in composition leading towards a free composition (or one to a set brief) lasting at least four minutes. (40 marks)
The component also involves developing skills in compositional technique (Bach chorale harmony) leading towards the completion of an exercise set by Pearson lasting at least one minute. (20 marks) The total time across both submissions must be a minimum of six minutes.
The purpose of this component is to assess students’ skills in composing music. Students will learn more of the processes involved in creating music through developing the technical and expressive skills needed by a composer.
This component focuses on critical listening and developing knowledge and understanding of the musical elements (melody, harmony, tonality, texture, dynamics, sonority, structure, tempo, metre and rhythm); contexts (social and cultural background, purpose, and style); and
language (musical notation, harmony). It includes the application of the knowledge above
through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works, including Danny Elfman; ‘Batman Returns’ (opening sequence and credits), Stravinsky; ‘The Rite of Spring’, Berlioz; ‘Symphonie Fantastique’ and The Beatles; ‘Eleanor Rigby’, ‘Here, There And Everywhere’, ‘I Want To Tell You’ (from Revolver).