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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.

Year 13 – last two weeks

Composition Submission THIS FRIDAY

CHECKLIST (please note that you must have the files in a folder on your H drive called “Music Unit 2 Submission” with the filenames exactly as on the check list)

Some other things to remember:

  • For your logbook, please remember to delete red text and paragraph numbers
  • Get rid of silly titles and put on sensible ones
  • chord labels are on the whole unnecessary
  • make sure instruments are correctly labelled on the score and have short labels thoughout
  • where you have two flutes or horns etc. make sure that it is clear whether one or both play at each point

Mock next week:

D group

  • Tuesday 7th: Musical Theatre and Dictation
  • Wednesday Double : AoS E Haydn Short Answer and Essay Question on Dev. of Symphony.

C group

  • Tuesday 7th : Musical Theatre and Dictation
  • Wednesday 8th : AoS E
  • Thursday: 9th Haydn Short Answer and Essay Question on Dev. of Symphony

Year 13 run into last week of term

Don’t forget your REHEARSAL (Chambers), WARM-UP (in the Band Room 15 minutes before) and ASSESSMENTS starting FRIDAY this week.

Next week there will be a mock exam as follows:

D group

  • TUESDAY: Musical Theatre and Dictation
  • Wednesday Double : AoS E Haydn Short Answer and Essay Question on Dev. of Symphony.

C group

  • Tuesday: Musical Theatre and Dictation
  • Wednesday : AoS E
  • Thursday: Haydn Short Answer and Essay Question on Dev. of Symphony

Composition

All work must be in on Moodle by the end of Friday. If you do not have assessments but you want to work on your composition in the study room on that day, you are welcome to do so.

Please submit both Sibelius scores, Log and Cover sheets.

Year 13 w/c 25th March

Performance EXAMS in TWO WEEKS – it is 35% of your final mark so, no excuses, you need to be practising really hard for the next two weeks.
Concentrate on:

  • Recording yourself play all the way through pieces so you can hear where the problems are
  • Focused, slow repetitive practice of tricky corners
  • Tone and intonation exercises and making sure you stamina is at a peak
  • Listening to recordings to get inspiration and to make sure you know how your part fits in with the piano part.
  • Mark things on your music that will help you play well

Exam work

  • Timed essay on ALL TOPICS A-I this Wednesday
  • Unseen AoS E listening (you need to review Core Wider Listening works for this)

Year 13 w/c 18th March

This week: mock question on Poulenc/Debussy and review of Haydn 4th Mov. and Mendelssohn Essay topics

I want to see EVERYONE’s Composition 1 this week please

Next week: mock unseen listening questions (C20), review of Movement 2 and essay topics J-L

Schedule this week:

  • C GROUP (composition submission THURSDAY)
  • Tuesday: Mock question on Debussy/Poulenc
  • Wednesday: STUDY DAY
  • Thursday: Mendelssohn essay topics review / Haydn First movement
  • Friday: Musical Theatre
  • D GROUP (composition submission TUESDAY)
  • Tuesday: Mock question on Debussy/Poulenc PLUS Haydn First movement review
  • Wednesday: STUDY DAY
  • Friday: Mendelssohn essay topics review PLUS Musical Theatre

Year 13 Homework (w/c 11th March)

  • Please submit Composition on TUESDAY (Group D) / Thursday (Group C), clearly stating what you would like me to give feedback on

For THIS WEEK

  • Timed Essay on Topics F-I (WEDNESDAY)
  • Debussy Revision
  • Haydn Movement 3

For NEXT WEEK

  • Mendelssohn Essay Topics
  • Haydn Movement 4
  • Prepare Core Wider Listening Works for Mock Question

Year 13 Half term homework

Composition

Fill out the composition log as fully as you can. I will take it in on Moodle at the end of the first Monday back after half term. If you know you are behind in composition – please do get some extra material written for your second pieces etc.

Performance

Lots of practice. Look at the video from the Showcase, make some notes on what you could improve. Remember playing live is a visual as well as an aural experience!

Exam revision and review

There will be a timed essay on any of topics A-E in the first week back. So please review your notes and practice making bullet-pointed plans without notes and writing first paragraphs. You need to know about Haydn and Mendelssohn as well as wider listening.