Click on the links below to view PDF extracts from the music handbook
- Elements of music summary (brief summary of the elements of music that you will use in answering technical questions on extracts in exams – the focus here is on outlining what types of things you will say if asked to discuss, for example, melody)
- Musical Theatre (AoS C) Comparison (framework for making comparisons in the A2 exam)
Basic Theory Quick Reference
Conventions of the Western Classical Tradition (useful for composing in this style)
Rhinegold Study Guide covers the new spec and relevant background in some considerable detail and it is recommended that all students should buy it (declaration of interest: I wrote the chapter on AoS E for this study guide). There is also a Spotify playlist with all the musical examples.
Moodle Resources for Starting Points and Areas of Study A, C and E
Moodle Resources for composition
There is extensive help on the Composition Pages to help with all aspects of A level composition.