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Summer Homework

When you start year 13 in September, we will have three tests that you need to prepare for over the summer

  1. Development of the Symphony topics A-E – this is the foundational stuff that we will build on for the remaining essay titles
  2. Haydn short answer
  3. Poulenc short answer (to make sure it is still in your brains after the summer break before we start on Debussy)

There are revision aids on Moodle (I am currently re-organizing the quizzes) and notes both there and on here. I would practice making notes for the Dev. of the Symphony and then test yourself to see if you have got them right.





Welcome to our new students. You will find information on this blog about most things

Over the summer you have been set some tasks:

If you have lost your induction pack you can download one here: Induction Pack

  1. Sign up to our blog on alevelmusic.com (you can also follow the links to Twitter and Facebook)
  2. Complete Performance initial proposals for your first music lesson
  3. Complete the Short History of Music tasks for your first music lesson (the links you need are here)
  4. Brush up on your basic theory (Basic Theory Quick Reference Sheet):
    • Keys
    • Chords
    • Intervals
  1. Make sure your instrument is in good working order
  2. Make sure you have signed up for instrumental or vocal lessons at college or you have arranged weekly lessons with a private teacher approved by the college.

Any worries – email Tom Pankhurst (tom.pankhurst@kedst.ac.uk)

Homework until end of term (year 12)

This is the homework that needs doing by the end of term (my two groups are at different points in the different bits but we should all be there by next week!)

Composition (all uploaded by the end of term)

NOTE: you are not required to put all your C20 sketches together into a piece, but you may if you wish – ask me if you want advice

  • Pentatonic sketch
  • Octatonic sketch
  • Whole tone sketch
  • Serial sketch (a link to some notes on Serialism here)
  • 32-bar song form sketch

Twentieth century

  • Annotate and revise Poulenc for a test on Friday 6th July (revision notes / annotated score – password protected on Moodle)
  • Listen to and read about the Debussy Voiles Core Piece 1 (notes on Moodle as well as tracks) before you complete the comparison table in the booklet


Year 12 HW

Music Theatre Composition
Music Theatre Composition Brief

  • First submission – Friday 22nd June
  • Second submission – Friday 6th July
  • Final submission – Thursday 12th July

C20 Composition

Pentatonic sketch (pentatonic notes)
Deadline: B group Wednesday 13th January / D group Tuesday 19th January

Octatonic sketch (octatonic notes)

Whole-tone sketch (whole-tone notes)

Year 12 HW w/c 4th June

Pentatonic sketch
Due on Moodle by end of Wednesday 13th (B group) / end of 14th Thursday (D Group)

Write a sketch of around 12-15 bars using only notes of ONE pentatonic scale (C would be CDEGA). IT can be generally atmospheric or have a clear melody and accompaniment. You can write for any combination but then will be stuck with that ensemble for all your sketches.

Year 12 HW w/c 10 May

Essay or other format (due in next Wed / Thur)

Please either write an essay or do a poster/leaflet on the development of harmony and tonality that we covered in class


Before next week you need to

  • roughly complete your piece (i.e. ABCABA running continuously – the final ABA can be identical to the first)
  • put in any missing WCT – come to a workshop if you can’t manage this
  • fill in the log again including the first and second pages this time please


Year 13 HW

Please write the following essay:

“Discuss the development of the finale in the symphony from 1750-1900”

Please note that in class we discussed the list on the topic notes for this and REMOVED J.C. Bach but ADDED Tchaikovsky 6.

Your essay should discuss some earlier examples then Haydn 104 in detail then some later examples.