16GCSE Music for teaching from September 2009 onwards (version 2.0)
3.4 Unit 4: Composing Music
20% of the total marks 30 marks
Creating and developing musical ideas with technicalcontrol and coherence.Controlled Assessment Advisers will be available toprovide guidance to centres.
Candidates are required to compose
piece of music which explores
two or more
of the ﬁve Areasof Study. This may be in any style or genre of thecandidate’s choosing.Candidates have up to
25 hours of Controlled Assessment
in which to complete the composition. This must be undertaken as an individual exerciseunder informal supervision. There is no time limit interms of the duration of the composition but candidatesshould be aware of the need to demonstrate sufﬁcientdevelopment of musical ideas in the music and as aconsequence, very short pieces may not allow for this. The composition must be submitted as follows:1.
A recording of the ﬁnal completedcomposition
. This must be in a format that canbe played on an external device such as CD ormini-disc. The recording may be made using liveperformers, ICT or a combination of both.2.
A musical score
. In this case, a score isunderstood to be any written format that isappropriate to the particular genre of musicpresented. This could include:staff notationgraphic notationtaba written account detailing the structure andcontent of the musica combination of some or all of these.In all circumstances, the score should accuratelyreﬂect the intentions of the candidate and bear closeresemblance to the music presented in the recording. The composition submitted for Unit 4 must bedifferent from that submitted for Unit 2.Candidates also complete a Candidate Record Formdetailing the nature of their chosen task and the Areas of Study explored in the composition.Submissions should be sent to the AQA moderator.In preparing candidates for this Unit, it is anticipatedthat teachers will assist in helping candidates to workto their strengths. In many cases, candidates maywish to utilise their skills and aptitudes in performingand/or their preferences in listening and appraisingin creating and developing the composition. Thenature of the task in relation to the selected Areas of Study will encourage this and whilst it is recognised•••••that many compositions will explore most, if not allof the Areas of Study, it must be possible to respondsuccessfully within two areas. It is recognised thatdifferent centres will have widely differing resourcesand musical experiences for their candidates. Thenature of the set task will allow for this diversity andenable centres to work to their strengths.
Task supervision and control
up to 25 hours
in which tocomplete the composition. Additional time may be allowed in order tocomplete the recordings, where necessary.Candidates must complete the composition, withthe exception of research and preparation, underinformal supervision.Research and preparation may be completedunder limited supervision. This might include settasks to be completed at home, in libraries orthrough internet research. Teachers may help with the research andpreparation of the composition but the ﬁnalpresented work must be the work of thecandidate. Teachers must make clear on theCandidate Record Form the amount of help andguidance given to candidates.Candidates may work with others but the ﬁnalcompleted composition must be the individualwork of the candidate. In practice, this meansthat candidates may work with other musiciansin producing the recording, but the score willbe entirely their own work. It must be possiblewithin the presentation of the score to be ableto understand how the performances of thoseother than the candidate have taken place. Thereshould be a strong correlation between the musicpresented in the recording and the presented score.
Teachers will mark and assess the ﬁnal presentedcomposition according to a single set of assessmentcriteria. This assessment will be subject tomoderation by AQA. The piece will be assessed in the light of the selected Areas of Study and its success measured against therealisation of key elements with consideration of themusical aspects detailed below:the imaginative use of sounda sense of musical balancethe creation and development of musical ideasan understanding of the chosen mediumthe appropriate and idiomatic use of instruments,voices and other sound sourcesappropriate uses of musical elements, devices,techniques and conventions.••••••••••••