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Year 12 HW w/c 17th September

A group

  • Please make sure you finish pages 10, 11 and 13 for Thursday’s lesson PLUS the new 2-bar idea

B group

  • Please finish the new 2-bar idea for Thursday’s lesson

Year 13 HW w/c September 10th

Submission: Group C end of Wednesday / Group D end of Tuesday

You need to make a proper start on your WCT composition – hand in some sketches and a log with any relevant parts filled in (i.e. influences and perhaps WCT Features)

WCT Weekly log (Sonata)WCT Weekly log (Sorceror)

  • Try and write at least one 8-ish bar idea, preferably two contrasting ones
  • Use the resources on the WCT Hub (e.g. look at Basic idea and phrase structures)
  • Use the resources on the Composition Moodle to find models and things to steal
  • Use the relevant handout to help you (on Moodle)

Year 12 HW w/c 10th Sept.

Homework for next week (A group set Thursday due Monday / B group set Friday due Tuesday)

Write a two bar basic idea using this worksheet (please do it on a separate sheet so I can take it in)


  • you should have multiple tries until you come up with a really good idea
  • make sure the the notes of the melody are either part of the chord or one of the dissonances listed here
  • ensure bar 2 is closely based on bar 1
  • use plenty of dynamics and articulation

As of Wednesday evening:

  • A group should have finished everything up to and including Exercise B1 in the Starting Points booklet
  • B group should have finished everything up to and including Exercise A2 the Starting Points booklet

Remember to book CBSO concerts on ParentMail.

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 (next FRIDAY – not Thursday as I said to C group)
  2. Haydn short answer (WEDNESDAY)
  3. Poulenc short answer (to make sure it is still in your brains after the summer break before we start on Debussy) (WEDNESDAY)

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.

I set some tasks over the summer for those students who came to our Welcome to College  day. For those students, I would like to take in your work on your first lessons NEXT week on Monday 10th (A group) / Tuesday 11th (group) :

If you have lost your induction pack or were not at the Welcome to College days you can download one here: Induction Pack. Do you best to get at least the Initial Performance Programme form done and get some of the Short History of Music task completed.

  1. Sign up to our blog on alevelmusic.com (you can also follow the links to Twitter and Facebook)
  2. Give the  letter to your parent/guardian(s)
  3. Put dates in your diary from that letter
  4. Make sure you have organized instrumental vocal lessons (email tom.pankhurst@kedst.ac.uk urgently if you need to organize college lessons)
  5. Complete Performance initial proposals for your first music lesson
  6. Complete the Short History of Music tasks for your first music lesson (the links you need are here)

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)