Students follow the EDUQAS A Level Music course at Scarisbrick Hall School. This course is chosen as it allows students to specialise in either composition or Performance. Students wishing to study the course should have attained at least Grade 7 in their chosen instrument, and Grade B or above in GCSE music.
Performance (25% or 35%)
Students perform a varied programme of either 8 or 12 minutes depending on their option. This component is assessed by a visiting examiner.
Composition (25% or 35%)
Students should compose either two or three pieces depending on their option. One of these pieces is set externally in Year 13 by the examination board, and the portfolio is marked externally.
Students study a range of skills and techniques beginning with four part harmony, string quartet writing as well as C20th composition techniques.
Listening and Appraising (40%)
Students study the following components:-
- Musical Theatre
- Development of the Symphony
- Into the Twentieth Century
Students will study a range of works in depth, and their are three set works:-
- Haydn, Symphony 104 (London)
- Poulenc, Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano
- Debussy, Nuages