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Year 13 Transition Work

Transition to Music at University

I have put up a page of resources and links to help prepare you for music at Uni. I will keep updating this page as the rest of the year unfolds.

Contingency planning


Starting on Friday 20th we are going to start recording videos of your practical programme so that we have something we can send to the board in the event that our examiner visit does not go ahead. You will have a rehearsal and, as advised by the board, a single uninterrupted recording of your programme. Schedules will be emailed and posted on the noticeboard


I would like you do create your coursework folder on your H drive before the end of Friday this week and put a draft PDF and MP3 file in it for all your compositions. I will then have something to submit even if you can no longer access the software and drives that you need. Please see the checklist file names etc. (here: https://moodle1.kedst.ac.uk/mod/folder/view.php?id=74762)

  1. download the log and start filling it in so you are ready to email it to me if I ask for it
  2. Create a simple word document called simply “<name> To Do”.that lists the things in your piece as a bullet pointed list that you have yet to finish and place it in the same folder

Year 13 Homework and revision planner

NOTE: you should be doing regular revision every week using the checklist to make sure you use all the available resources. The planner is to help your synchronise your schedule with what we are reviewing in class.

Knowledge Test (A: Thursday 19th March / B: Friday 20th March)

This is a short answer test of basic knowledge needed for the exam. It will include everything from facts about wider listening pieces in both areas of study through to the location of specific features that you should have revised in set works.

The 99 Questions for A level revision on will help you revise for this test as well help you practice the skills we are working on in class.

Mock Exam (end of March)

Schedule as follows:

  • Musical Theatre, Unseen AoS E Listening and Dication – A: Thursday 26th March / B: Friday 27th March
  • Haydn, Essay and Poulenc/Debussy: Depending on your rehearsals choose ONE of the following 80 minutes slots on Tuesday 31st March: 8.40-10:00; 10:00-11:20 2:45-4:05. You need to sign up to one of these slots in advance


We should now be in the finishing off phase. The more you are on top of the game, the better your submission will be.

Checklist and log templates are here: https://moodle1.kedst.ac.uk/mod/folder/view.php?id=74762

  • Making corrections
  • Creating separate audio and print versions
  • Filling in your log

Year 13 Homework (w/c 4th Nov.)

Composition (A: Monday / B Wednesday)

Please complete corrections and suggestions from feedback on Piece 1 and start thinking about what you are going to do for Piece 2


Please review the following:

  • Haydn fourth movement
  • Fourth movements of Wider Listening Symphonies
  • FOR the following week, you need to start reviewing the Debussy Nocturne.

Year 13 Half Term Homework

Preparation for first week back after half term:

  • Review FOURTH movement of Haydn and Fourth movement essay topics ready for us to tackle this when we get back.
  • Review Poulenc – notes in your revision booklets and both annotated and blank scores are on Moodle. We will have a short test on the usual AoS E lesson (Tuesday for A group / Thursday for B group). If time, there will also be a short C20 test including the 5-marker at the end on Core Wider Listening.

Have a nice break!

Year 13 Homework w/c 14th October

  • Transfer your notes on essay topics from your year 12 revision booklet to the new year 13 booklet
  • Revise for a timed essay at the end of next week on EITHER Second or Third movements
  • Complete your work for the Composition Portfolio Submission at the end of next week on Moodle, This needs to be substantial sketches including at least first and second subjects, codetta and some development sketches

Year 13 Homework w/c 30th September

Composition Homework (A – Monday; B – Wednesday)

You should be cracking on with sketches. For those doing Sonata form, over the next few weeks, the following should be complete:

  • First subject (tonic)
  • Second subject (dominant)
  • Codetta (dominant – see notes on Moodle)
  • Some sketches for the development in a range of keys and exploring and developing motifs in different textures

Exam work

This week we are looking at SECOND movements. Please review the Haydn and start reviewing Essay topic C.

NEXT week we will look at review the Webern and Ravel Wider listening works. Please make sure you have learnt the points relevant to them.

Year 13 Music HW w/c 16th September

You need to have come up with TWO initial idea (e.g. a first and second subject) for your Composition 1 by the end of

  • Group A MONDAY 23rd
  • Group B WEDNESDAY 25th

Hand in on MOODLE please

AoS E (Twentieth century)
– Look over the work we have done on the Poulenc – we will do review with blank scores so you need to know keys and chords etc.
– Review the Ravel String Quartet wider listening work

Welcome Back!

Mock this week


Monday – Musical Theatre, Debussy and C20

Tuesday (double) – Haydn Short Answer, Dictation, Essay

Thursday – Composition and Posters


Tuesday – Musical Theatre, Debussy and C20

Thursday (double) – Haydn Short Answer, Dictation, Essay

Friday – Composition and Posters

Poster Session
Your poster should contain;

  • Very basic biographical summary (including dates and where composer worked)
  • Brief summary of style and key pieces for which the composer is known
  • Key pieces (from Development of Symphony on A level music) with key features
  • Your poster should fit on an A4 sheet and be visually pleasing!

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)

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