- Qualification: AS and A Level Music
- Examination Board: Cambridge International
- Syllabus/Specification: Music 9703
- Hours per week: 6 hours
A Level Music develops an appreciation of, and an informed critical response to, Music of the Western tradition.
Learners discover how to listen attentively and responsively to develop a better understanding of the musical processes at work; they also learn how to communicate this understanding, supporting their judgements by evidence-based argument.
The course consists of two compulsory components, along with a further three components from which students choose two based on their areas of strength.
Component 1: Listening (Compulsory)
A 2 hour examination based on set works including sections on ‘The First Viennese Period’ and ‘Picturing Music’.
Component 2: Practical Musicianship (Compulsory)
Students choose two elements from 4:
Element 1: Recital Performance
Element 2: Performance on second instrument /ensemble performance/ improvisation/ accompanying
Element 3: Set of 8 progressive composition exercises
Element 4: Composition portfolio of two contrasting pieces
Students choose two from the further three components:
Component 3: Performing (Optional)
Recital programme lasting between 12-20 minutes
Component 4: Composing (Optional)
Composition portfolio lasting no longer than 8 minutes
Component 5: Investigation and Report (Optional)
Report of approximately 3000 words in length on a topic that links to either Component 3 or 4.