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For first teaching in September 2009 and examination in June 2010

This is a study guide that you can use throughout your OCR A2 Music course as an effective supplement to your school work. There is plenty of space for you to add your own margin notes and comments. Also supplied are lots of questions to help you check that you have understood what you have read.

The first half of the book offers sensible guidance on the performing requirements at A2 and how to prepare successfully for the viva-voce exam. There is a comprehensive chapter on what is required for your composing units and how to prepare for your harmony exercise under centre supervision. The guide also offers help and advice in preparing for the listening exam and the type of questions you might expect.

The detailed information on each of the historical topics is written by experts in a clear and approachable style. The chapters cover the set works for historical topics on Song, Programme Music, Music for the Screen, Music and Belief, Music for the Stage and Popular Music as well as suggestions for further listening and related study.

The text is illustrated throughout with helpfully annotated music examples to aid explanation of the concepts encountered in music. Sample exam-style questions at the end of the sections provide exam practice throughout the year.

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