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Music Studies Stage 2
Subject outline

Version 4.0 - For teaching in 2024.
Accredited in June 2017 for teaching at Stage 2 from 2019.

Stage 2 | Subject outline | External assessment | Assessment Type 3: Examination

Assessment Type 3: Examination (30%)

Students complete a 130‑minute examination in which they apply their knowledge and understanding of musical elements and their musicianship skills in creative and innovative ways, to:

  • deconstruct, analyse, and interpret musical works 
  • manipulate musical elements
  • synthesise and express musical literacy and musical ideas.

To enable students to focus on the application of their learning, a sheet with standard chord progressions and key signatures will be provided.

Questions may include, for example:

  • notating part of a melody
  • completing a given melody using appropriate conventions
  • decoding aural rhythms and pitch
  • adding extensions to core harmonies
  • explaining harmonic structures and stylistic features (e.g. baroque, swing)
  • harmonising part of a melody
  • extending a melody in a new direction
  • analysing and comparing two unfamiliar works (similarities, differences, viewpoints on elements).

The following specific features of the assessment design criteria for this subject are assessed in the examination:

  • understanding music — UM2
  • creating music — CM1, CM3, CM4
  • responding to music — RM1, RM2.