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    AS Composition Commentary. I chose to write my piece for a woodwind quartet, consisting of a Flute, Clarinet, Oboe and Bassoon. This was because I am a clarinettist

    4 star(s)

    This is a clear annotation of the writers composition. It includes the use of a wide range of musical vocabulary and the use of samples from the composition really help…

    • Essay length: 1291 words
    • Submitted: 12/05/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    The Musical Role of the Bass Guitar

    4 star(s)

    Overall a good description of what the bassist's role is in a number of different bands. I feel that the writer should go into a little more detail in some…

    • Essay length: 566 words
    • Submitted: 30/04/2012
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    The Beatles

    4 star(s)

    An interesting essay discussing some well known facts about the Beatles. I would like to see some reference to other materials to support some of the statements the writer makes.…

    • Essay length: 1314 words
    • Submitted: 11/10/2008
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    This essay describes how I have worked towards and performed four pieces of practical work using all three art forms. (Drama, dance, music, and a final piece that is a mixture of all three arts

    4 star(s)

    A detailed log of the rehearsal approach to these mixed art performances. I am particularly interested in how the writer combined all of the arts together in the final performance…

    • Essay length: 1306 words
    • Submitted: 16/01/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    Is It Acceptable for Composers To Borrow and/or Adapt Existing Music? Give Examples to Support Your Answer.

    4 star(s)

    This is an energetic ending to the essay. Where the writer has clearly argued the fact that borrowing music is acceptable and should be encouraged. Many famous composers as outlined…

    • Essay length: 601 words
    • Submitted: 05/10/2005
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    Are musical influences important to a composer, or is it necessary to be original?

    3 star(s)

    A nice essay that serves to weigh up the balance of original ideas with ideas 'borrowed' from other pieces. A balance that any new composer should address as they compose…

    • Essay length: 814 words
    • Submitted: 21/07/2008
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    Uses of Technology in Music Education

    3 star(s)

    This is an informative essay about the uses of technology in the classroom. it includes some highly relevant aspects of technology in the classroom but also looses it's way a…

    • Essay length: 878 words
    • Submitted: 17/07/2008
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    Annotation of Composition

    3 star(s)

    It sounds like the writer has considered all the important aspects of a composition. The excerpts from the composition really help the reader to understand what the writer is referring…

    • Essay length: 679 words
    • Submitted: 24/12/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    The Development of the Orchestra

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    This is a short but accurate description of how the orchestra has developed since the Baroque period. It is eloquently written and applied musical terms correctly. The analysis of Symphonie…

    • Essay length: 556 words
    • Submitted: 16/01/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Nathan Smith 08/01/2013
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    In the poem "Piano and Drums" by Gabriel Okara, Okara shows the contrasts between the past life and the modern world. Some aspects in his poem date back before the beginning of civilization

    ** The main problem with this essay is that CONTEXT is ignored. The poem is written by a post-colonial poet and this has huge bearing on the meanings within…

    • Essay length: 980 words
    • Submitted: 10/05/2006
    • Marked by teacher: (?) Cath Rowe 20/08/2013

If you love music and play it to a good standard then A level Music could well be the best decision you make. In some courses the majority of the final marks are assessed by performance and composition. As well as practical assessments there are written examinations to contend with so whilst you'll develop your instrumental and compositional skills you'll also significantly broaden your musical knowledge.

A level Music requires definite skills and Marked by Teachers has a huge selection of high-quality essay answers to help you gain an understanding of what examiners are looking for.

It is expected that you'll able to read music by the time you begin the course and a Grade 5 in your chosen instrument is generally required too. Those who study Music at this level can continue to degree level, but if you choose not to it is still highly beneficial; university admissions tutors know that this is a challenging course which develops significant creative and evaluative strengths.


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  • Discuss the extent to which Gabrieli's "In ecclesiis" can be understood as an example of the new Baroque style.

    "In conclusion the piece does have many late Renaissance features such as an antiphonal texture in parts, however there are many more prominent features indicating that it is strongly rooted in the new Baroque style. Therefore Gabrieli can be seen as one of the founders of the new Baroque style, leading to the Baroque era, which blossomed less then a century after this work was published."

  • Discuss the six headings for Ghost Dancers.

    "I have come to the conclusion that every little detail is essential to make Ghost Dances effective, but although the lighting effects and sound visualisation do count, the quality of the dance is the most important aspect. I feel that all of the lighting and musical accompaniment contribute excellently to this piece."

  • Compare and contrast ‘Ghost Dances’ and ‘Rooster’ by Christopher Bruce.

    "Despite the fact that 'Ghost Dances' depicts a moving narrative, I personally prefer 'Rooster.' This is because, like Bruce, I happen to love the pulsating rhythm of 60's music and more particularly, that of the 'Rolling Stones'. I think that 'Rooster' has a greater variety of expression and I find it a far more entertaining theatrical piece of dance. I believe it evokes a feeling of well being in the viewer which I personally think to be an essential aspect and ingredient for a successful dance."

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