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New Year 12 Summer Tasks

Summer TO DO list

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  • Sign up to this blog (follow link also to our Facebook page)
  • Complete performance initial proposals for your first lesson
  • Complete Short History of Music tasks (Short History of Music)
  • Brush up on your basic theory (keys, chords, intervals and basic reading)
  • Make sure you have arranged weekly instrumental or vocal lessons either with us or privately (forms available here)
  • Make sure you instrument is in good working order

If you have lost your pack, you can find one here:

Year 13 Summer Homework

You must …

Review Essay topics A-G

Key Resources Year 12 Revision BookletMoodle: A Level Music Common Resources (quizzes and notes)99 Revision Questions (on Moodle)www.alevelmusic.com Scores and AoS A and E Workbooks  

Review and make notes on topics A-F (the best review is a combination of reading and listening to relevant excerpts on www.alevelmusic.com alongside making bullet pointed lists both by topic and by symphony from memory and then checking them). You should also write at least one full essay on a topic of your choice.

A) Overall form
B) First movements / Sonata form
C) Second movements / slow movements
D) Third movements / Minuets
E) Fourth movements / Finales
F) Development of the orchestra
G) Development of harmony and tonality

Review the Haydn

  • Listen and check the annotations on your score
  • Do at least 10 questions spread across movements taken from 1-40 of 99 Revision Questions on Moodle
  • Do at least one Moodle quiz on each movement

Review the Debussy:

  • Listen with your annotated score
  • Check and review your annotations and notes
  • Do at least four questions from 54-61 of 99 Revision Questions on Moodle
  • Do at least two Moodle quizzes

Review the Ravel and Webern Core Wider Listening pieces

  • Review the notes
  • Listen to them with the scores (page 10 and page 40 in your AoS E Workbook / )

You could …

  • Listen to Poulenc AoS E set work (and read notes on Moodle)
  • Listen to Mendelssohn Italian Symphony
  • Listen to a range of relevant twentieth century works, starting with the following, to increase your familiarity with the three focus styles:


Debussy – ‘Sarabande’ (1894), Prelude a l’apres midi d’un faune (1894), ‘Voiles’ (1909)

Ravel – String Quartet (1903) Rapsodie Espangnole (1908)

Expressionism and Serialism

Schoenberg – Ewartung (1909), Pierrot Lunaire (1912), Variations for Orchestra (1928)

Berg – Wozzeck (1922) Violin Concerto (1935)

Webern – Six Bagatelles (1913) , Quartet Op. 22 (1930)


Prokofiev – Classical Symphony (1917), Violin Concerto No. 2 (1935)

Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite (1922), Concerto for Piano and Winds (1924)

Poulenc – Sonata for Trumpet, Horn and Trombone (1924)

Year 12 Homework (w/c 17th June)

Area of Study E

In the w/c 1st July (in the Thursday/Friday single) there will be a test consisting of the following:

  1. Short answer analysis questions on Debussy Nuages (with blank score)
  2. Listening questions on an UNSEEN piece of music
  3. 5-mark explanation of ONE aspect of Ravel String Quartet (see notes given out in class – if you’ve lost them they are in the year 13 revision booklet on Moodle)


Put together TWO of your sketches into the opening of a piece that runs continuously


  • Essay on Overall Form in the last week of term (in Double lesson on Tue/Thur)

Year 12 HW (w/c 11th June)


Please upload ALL THREE compositions to Moodle by the end of Monday (A Group) / Wednesday (B Group)

Timed Essay

Essay on Harmony and Tonality in DOUBLE LESSON next week

Year 12 HW (w/c 6th June)

Finish an octatonic sketch of at least 8-12 bars for the next double lesson. Some notes here: https://alevelmusic.com/alevelcompositionhelp/3-composition-into-the-c20/new-scales/exotic-scales-octatonic/

There will be a timed essay on the Development of the Harmony and Tonality in the Symphony during the DOUBLE lesson on Tuesday 18th / Thursday 20th June

Year 12 Homework (w/c 20th May)

Write a pentatonic extract for any combination of instruments. I am interested in ATMOSPHERE and GESTURE and you must only use 12356 of a major scale

There are notes and examples here: https://alevelmusic.com/alevelcompositionhelp/3-composition-into-the-c20/new-scales/

If you have it, read the Into the Twentieth Century chapter of the Rhinegold Study Guide

Year 13 Exam Period

Revision sessions (all sessions are 90 minutes)

Session 1: Wednesday 22nd May 10.30 / Thursday 23rd 12.30

Session 2: Wednesday 5th June 10.30 / Thursday 6th 12.30

Session 3: Wednesday 12th June 10.30 / Thursday 13th 12.30

Year 13 Music Student Picnic: Friday 14th 3.30 in Mary Stevens

Please make sure you:

  • Complete the 99 Revision Questions (on Music Resources Moodle under Year 13 revision)
  • Do plenty of Moodle review quizzes
  • Re-do some dictation (also in the Year 13 revision folder)
  • Make your own notes on key symphonic repertoire (as well as by topic) and LISTEN to the excerpts (and even better whole symphonies)
  • Read the Exam tips on Moodle
  • Practice basic essay topics without notes (then check them afterwards)
  • Practice using MITS on random musical theatre repertoire
  • Listen to plenty of music by AoS E composers to help you recognise their style

ACTIVE revision little and often is best – look at a topic then answer the relevant bits of the 99 Revision Questions and/or do Moodle Quizzes. Writing essays or notes from memory is better than reading notes.

ANY PROBLEMS OR QUESTIONS? ASK – I’m at the other end of an email as well as being in college anyway. I’m happy to meet up for extra sessions as needed.