Music

Qualification Name

A2 Level- Music

Examination Board

OCR

Head of Department

Mr S Beasley : s.beasley@haaf.org.uk

Teachers

Ms C Randall; c.randall@haaf.org.uk

Mrs C Reavey: c.reavey@haaf.org.uk

Assessment Make -Up

Unit G354: Performing Music 2 

  • Performance Recital - solo, ensemble or accompanying (maximum 15 minutes) 
  • Section B Viva Voce: discussion of solo performance with examiner 

Unit G355: Composing 2 

  • Section A: Stylistic Techniques - 8 exercises based on Popular Song 
  • Section B: Instrumental Composition based on vocal setting of a text (maximum 4 minutes) 

Unit G356: Historical and Analytical Studies in Music 

  • Section A: Aural extract on accompanied vocal music 1900 - 1945 
  • Section B: Prescribed topics – two questions from three 3 Prescribed Post 1945 Popular Music:
  1. Queen – A Night at the Opera (1975)
  2. The Beatles – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) 
  3. Norah Jones – Not too late (2007) 

Music Intervention 

The Department will run after school intervention sessions for pupils who fall behind in their coursework. All pupils are expected to be taking individual music lessons (provided by the school) to continue to develop their performance skills in preparation for the performance aspects of the course. The school organises drop down days for pupils to be in department for a full day to complete any outstanding coursework. 

 

Deadlines for Coursework  Examination Dates
Will be set in modular blocks and will be kept very strictly with parental contact if deadlines are missed.   Summer Listening Exam dates to be confirmed. 

How your child needs to prepare

  • Attend as many Theory and Coursework Clubs as they can so the quality of their compositions and commentaries are not rushed and reflect their actual abilities. 
  • Attend ALL private music lessons with their specialist Music teachers and practice at home at least for 1 hour a day. 
  • Be punctual to all A level Music lessons. If they do not start the lesson well, it is very unlikely 
    that it will continue well. 
  • Read their OCR Revision Booklets/Notes at least once a week taking revision notes as they do. 
  • Join at least one Music Extra Curricular activity. This will massively improve their ability to 
    perform as an ensemble and will also give meaning as to why they are learning everything they do during the course. 

Extra-Curricular  

Mondays 

Samba drumming Club 8.15-9.00 (Hartley) 
Music Technology Club 12.45 – 13.30 (Potter) 

Tuesdays 

Y7 Concert Band 8.15-9.00 (Beasley, Isaac & Kilshaw) 
Marching band drums 8.15-9.00 (Hartley) 
Grade 1-2 music theory club 12.45 – 13.30 (Isaac) 
Flute ensemble 15.15 – 16.00 (Isaac) 

Wednesdays 

Y9-12 Choir 8.15-9.00 (Beasley, Darbourne & Ellington) 
Y7 Concert Band 15.15 – 16.30 (Beasley) 
Keyboard Club 12.45 – 13.30 (Darbourne) 
Guitar ensemble 12.45 – 13.30 (Dixon) 
String orchestra 12.45 – 13.30 (Jarvis & Randal) 
Grade 1-2 music theory club 12.45 – 13.30 (Fricker) 
Build your own band – 15.15 – 16.30 (Fricker) 

Thursdays 

Y7/8 Choir 8.15-9.00 (Beasley & Ellington) 
Grade 3-5 music theory club 12.45 – 13.30 (Da Silva Longueira) 
Build your own band – 15.15 – 16.30 (Da Silva Longueira) 

Fridays 

DJ club (Crouch) 

Qualification Name

A2 Level- Music Technology

Examination Board

Edexcel

Head of Department

Mr S Beasley : s.beasley@haaf.org.uk

Teachers

Ms C Randall; c.randall@haaf.org.uk

Mrs C Reavey: c.reavey@haaf.org.uk

Assessment Make -Up

Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 

Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance 

Students will produce a sequenced performance based on a recording of one piece of music from a list of two prescribed by Edexcel. Students must produce an accurate musical realisation through sequencing of their chosen piece, shaping, editing and mixing MIDI and audio data accordingly, with the help of appropriate software. 

Task 3B: Multi-Track Recording 

Students will select one recording topic from a choice of two. They will choose a piece of music lasting 3-5 minutes which relates to their chosen topic and make a recording of it. The performance recorded must be played and sung live, without any MIDI sequenced performance. The recording should be high-quality, with careful attention paid to the efficient capture, processing and mixing of musical information. 

Task 3C: Composing Using Music Technology 

Students will create an original composition based upon a brief supplied by Edexcel. Students will choose one of three published briefs. The composition should demonstrate a creative approach to the use of music technology in composition, and will involve employing a range of sound sources and editing techniques to achieve a musical outcome. 

Log Book 

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing 

A 2-hour examination where students are expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music, and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD. 

  • Section A (62 marks). Questions 1-4 will test the student’s musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. 
  • Section B (18 marks). Question 5 will be a practical task involving the production of a balanced stereo mix 

Music Intervention 

The Department will run after school intervention sessions for pupils who fall behind in their coursework. All pupils are expected to be taking individual music lessons (provided by the school) to continue to develop their performance skills in preparation for the performance aspects of the course. The school organises drop down days for pupils to be in department for a full day to complete any outstanding coursework.

 

Deadlines for coursework  Examination dates
 Will be set in modular blocks and will be kept very strictly with parental ontact if deadlines are missed. Summer Listening Exam dates to be confirmed. 

How your child needs to prepare

  • Attend as many Theory and Coursework Clubs as they can so the quality of their compositions and commentaries are not rushed and reflect their actual abilities. 
  • Attend ALL private music lessons with their specialist Music teachers and practice at home at least for 1 hour a day. 
  • Be punctual to all A level Music lessons. If they do not start the lesson well, it is very unlikely 
    that it will continue well. 
  • Read their OCR Revision Booklets/Notes at least once a week taking revision notes as they do. 
  • Join at least one Music Extra Curricular activity. This will massively improve their ability to 
    perform as an ensemble and will also give meaning as to why they are learning everything they do during the course. 

Extra-Curricular  

Mondays 

Samba drumming Club 8.15-9.00 (Hartley) 
Music Technology Club 12.45 – 13.30 (Potter) 

Tuesdays 

Y7 Concert Band 8.15-9.00 (Beasley, Isaac & Kilshaw) 
Marching band drums 8.15-9.00 (Hartley) 
Grade 1-2 music theory club 12.45 – 13.30 (Isaac) 
Flute ensemble 15.15 – 16.00 (Isaac) 

Wednesdays 

Y9-12 Choir 8.15-9.00 (Beasley, Darbourne & Ellington) 
Y7 Concert Band 15.15 – 16.30 (Beasley) 
Keyboard Club 12.45 – 13.30 (Darbourne) 
Guitar ensemble 12.45 – 13.30 (Dixon) 
String orchestra 12.45 – 13.30 (Jarvis & Randal) 
Grade 1-2 music theory club 12.45 – 13.30 (Fricker) 
Build your own band – 15.15 – 16.30 (Fricker) 

Thursdays 

Y7/8 Choir 8.15-9.00 (Beasley & Ellington) 
Grade 3-5 music theory club 12.45 – 13.30 (Da Silva Longueira) 
Build your own band – 15.15 – 16.30 (Da Silva Longueira) 

Fridays 

DJ club (Crouch)