A Level AQA Music Set Work Analysis (ZigZag Education)

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A Level AQA Set Work Analysis: Romantic Piano Music (exams from 2018)
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AS/A Level AQA Set Work Analysis: Baroque Solo Concerto (exams from 2017/18)
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A Level AQA Music Set Work Analysis

Your class will soon know their set works inside out with our analysis resources for AS and A Level – to build familiarity, encourage independent learning, and model top-level analysis.

Learning

Begin with pertinent contextual information before moving into thorough and accessible analysis. In-depth commentary is supported by annotated score excerpts and definitions of key concepts, deepening knowledge and understanding. Reinforce learning and encourage independent study with regular, varied consolidation activities – answers included!

Revision

A wealth of examination support:

  • Revision ideas and tips for tackling each question – all aimed at getting top marks
  • A full set of practice questions for each part of the piece for targeted preparation – with detailed mark schemes
  • Annotated sample essays demonstrate how to gain marks in the long-answer questions
  • Essential terminology defined in a comprehensive glossary
Very good... Practice questions and answers are informative, well written and clear... Pitched successfully at the level students require. L Williams, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer (Romantic Piano Music)

Baroque Solo Concerto (co-teachable) Purcell: Sonata for Trumpet and Strings in D major, Vivaldi: Flute Concerto in D ‘Il Gardellino’, Bach: Violin Concerto in A Minor

Enhance skills with supplementary listening links and exercises throughout

Fully co-teachable: A Level-only content separated in the analysis. Includes AS and A Level questions for each movement.


The Piano Music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg (A Level only) Chopin: Ballade No. 2 in F Major, Chopin: Nocturne in E Minor, Brahms: Intermezzo in A Major, Brahms: Ballade in G Minor, Grieg: Norwegian March, Grieg: Notturno

Typical and atypical Romantic features of each piece highlighted throughout – essential for answering A Level questions

Pre-listening ‘Do it Yourself!’ introductory exercises – get familiar with the music before beginning formal analysis


What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6751)
"Matches the criteria well, covering the prescribed material in appropriate detail. The inclusion of pictures is refreshing and the musical examples are clearly explained. I particularly liked the friendly, slightly informal approach which teenagers will hopefully find user friendly and encouraging without being condescending. The heuristically motivated ‘do it yourself’ areas, which are facilitated with appropriate analytic tools, are particularly refreshing as self-discovery tends to be both more fulfilling than 'prescribed' knowledge and can potentially lead to greater and deeper understanding." G Capra, Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"Very good... Practice questions and answers are informative, well written and clear... Pitched successfully at the level students require. The author demonstrates very good musical knowledge and understands the specification very well." L Williams, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6763)
"Very useful resource. The information was accessible for the students, and set out clearly. It has helped [my students] with their understanding of the set works for the new specification." C Powell, Director of Music and ZigZag Customer
"An excellent resource... It has a strong educational value and provides a valuable learning tool for an area that does not have a lot of resources. There are clear comparisons reflecting how the concerto develops over the Baroque period and how the works compare with and contrast one another. I particularly liked the suggested recordings and the links to modern and period performances... I also liked the consolidation questions at the end of sections. This resource is going to be extremely helpful in developing resources to support the teaching of this new syllabus. I would recommend this to other AS/A level teachers developing resources for these set works." J Horsey, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"Excellent. Very clear for both students and teachers. I particularly like this resource because of the links to internet resources and the suggested answers in the back. Perfect!" E Anderson, Music Teacher and ZigZag Customer
"A great analysis of the set works for the new AQA A Level specification. Covers all the main musical elements that students would need to know and is easy to read and follow. Example exam questions are good and will give students a clear idea of what style of question could come up in the exam. A valuable resource for teachers... Can also be used to provide notes and analysis for students. Matches the new specification really well." N Squires, Subject Manager and Independent Reviewer
"The analysis in this resource will be invaluable for both teachers and students. The thematic content of all the works is taken apart and explained and there are tasks all the way through to engage students. Points that guide students towards the sorts of things that examiners ask are extremely useful... [Matches the spec] very well – particularly the exam-style questions at the end of the resource. Makes the differences in expectation between AS and A Level very clear. Analysis throughout is excellent. It’s the only resource of its kind available at the moment, so is very very welcome!" B Jones, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"An invaluable resource for students... The quality of writing, analytical content and the author’s knowledge of Baroque music are excellent. The analytical content is outstanding and provides a breadth of information that is very useful for our students. This is a very good example of how to analyse a piece of music based on the questions required to be answered in the exam. Depth of musical knowledge is communicated in a way that students can understand. The “Listen up” tasks are particularly good – encouraging students to broaden their knowledge of particular styles and understand further the context." L Williams, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer


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