Component 1 – Appraising Music (Exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music. 40% of A level Marks)
· Contextual understanding
Component 2 – Music Performance (Externally assessed. 35% of A level marks)
Solo and/or ensemble performing as an instrumentalist, or vocalist and/or music production (via technology).
A minimum of ten minutes (no more than twelve minutes) of performance is required
Component 3 – Composition (Externally assessed. 25% of A level marks)
Composition 1: Composition to a brief (25 marks)
Composition 2: Free composition (25 marks)
A minimum of four and a half minutes (no more than six minutes) of music is required
The additional timetabled hours (10 hours) for specialist music students include: CSMC Choir, Chamber Music, Keyboard Harmony & Aural. The total number of timetabled sessions 20 (the equivalent time of two A levels)
In addition to A-Level music, all CSMC students generally take an additional two subjects.