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We are pleased to announce that our new AS/A Level Music qualifications are accredited for first teaching in 2016.
With an emphasis on musicality and practical music making, our AS and A Level Music specifications are designed to help you to teach musically through integrating the skills of listening, performing and composing.
All sorts of topics for all sorts of musicians – The range of topics will allow for practical and musical teaching and allow for differentiation for all of the different musicians we find in our classrooms!
Modern and accessible – The qualifications provide a contemporary, accessible and creative education.
Encouraging creativity – They encourage students to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with new Areas of Study that inspire and challenge.
A coherent approach to music – We’ve carefully selected Areas of Study within which students can develop an understanding of context and how musical elements are applied to different genres.
Support and guidance – You’ll find many high-quality free resources and support on our website, developed by our Music Subject Specialists in close consultation with teachers and other subject experts.
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Accredited specification for the new A Level GCE Music qualification.
Accredited specification for the new AS Level GCE Music qualification.
An overview of our AS and A Level Music qualifications for first teaching September 2016
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Aimed at students and parents, this factsheet outlines some of the key benefits of studying OCR's art, music and drama qualifications in general.
An editable scheme of work for the two year course which also covers co-teachability of the AS.
An at a glance summary of the sample listening paper track listing for GCE.
This pack focuses on the period 1750-1830 and suggests teaching ideas and activities for all three composers.
A pack with suggested activities which focuses mainly on vocal jazz and blues.
A pack containing ideas, activities and suggesting further resources relating to this area of study.
Performing, composing, analysis and listening activities to help students understand religious music of the Baroque period.
This resource builds on the Area of study 1 topic pack and contains four listening activities for students on pieces by Mussorgsky, Schumann, Tchaikovsky and Berlioz.
A pack exploring how to approach this area of study, with listening activities to help students start to understand the variety of musical innovation in this period.
This learner activity accompanies the compostition transition guide.
Focusing on the topic of Composition, this guide looks at the transition from KS4 to KS5 curriculum.
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A definitive study guide for the AS and A Level specifications. This comprehensive guide covers all components of the AS and A Level courses (Performing, Composing and Appraising), gives support and practice in dealing with ‘unfamiliar’ repertoire, as well as the historical context behind each Area of Study. It provides full coverage of the AS prescribed works for assessment in 2017 and 2018 and the A Level prescribed works for assessment in 2018 and 2019. It offers comprehensive support for the composing briefs and supplies practice questions and answers for all Areas of Study, as well as introducing the terminology and techniques that the specifications require students to know.
Publication date: February 2017