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A Level Music

A Level

The OCR A Level in Music requires learners to develop an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language, and allow students to apply these, where appropriate, to their own work when performing and composing.

Areas of Study

1  Instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
2  Popular song: Blues, jazz, swing and big band
3  Instrumental jazz from 1910 to the present day
4  Religious music of the Baroque Period
5  Programme music 1820 - 1910
6  Innovations in music from 1900 to the present day.

AS Level

 


Component Title


Content Overview

Performing

Recital (minimum 6 minutes) A video recorded recital
Learners will make use of musical elements, techniques and resources to interpret and communicate musical ideas with technical and expressive control and an understanding of style and context.

This will be achieved through playing or singing solo or in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music through music technology.

Composing

Composition of two separate pieces of music:

1  One to a brief set by OCR
2  One to a brief written by the learner
3  Combined duration at least 4 minutes 30 seconds total

Listening and Appraising

Written exam responding to extracts on a CD and contextual study of prescribed works and Areas of Study:

1  Aural recognition and context
2  Unheard/unfamiliar music
3  Analysing and evaluating prescribed music
4  Reflecting on music written for a purpose.

A Level


Component Title


Content Overview

Performing A (25%)

Recital (6-9 minutes) A video recorded recital
Learners will make use of musical elements, techniques and resources to interpret and communicate musical ideas with technical and expressive control and an understanding of style and context.

This will be achieved through playing or singing a solo or in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music through music technology.

Composing A (35%)

Composition of at least three separate pieces of music:

1  One to a brief set by OCR
2  One to a brief written by the learner
3  A specialist study in composition techniques
4  Combined duration at least 8 minutes.

Performing B (35%)

Recital (10-12 minutes) A video recorded recital

Learners will make use of musical elements, techniques and resources to interpret and communicate musical ideas with technical and expressive control and an understanding of style and context.

This will be achieved through playing or singing solo or in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music through music technology.

Composing B (25%)

Composition of at least two separate pieces of music:

1  One to a brief set by OCR
2  One to a brief written by the learner
3  Combined duration of at least 4 minutes.

Listening and Appraising

Written exam responding to extracts on a CD and contextual study of prescribed works and Areas of Study:

1  Aural recognition and context
2  Unheard/unfamiliar music
3  Analysing and evaluation prescribed music
4  Reflecting on music written for a purpose.