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Unit 2 Appraisals – exemplar work

Before you begin your appraisal, it is crucial that you understand what is required and how the marking works.

EXAMPLE 1 – This is a great example from the 2013 class. This appraisal was awarded 19 out of 20. It is a winner because it consistently illustrates all the points made with relevant musical examples.

EXAMPLE 2 – This is also an EXCELLENT EXAMPLE. This appraisal got 18 out of a possible 20 marks. You will see I have left some comments to highlight key aspects. Keywords are in red, do make sure you use appropriate keywords to demonstrate your musical understanding.

Once you have read through the mark scheme, have a look at these examples and try marking them:

  1. Unit 2 appraisal example A
  2. Unit 2 appraisal example B
  3. Unit 2 appraisal example C

Here is the mark scheme for the appraisal, remember this is worth half the marks for your Unit 2 composition. There are 20 marks for the composition itself and 20 marks for the appraisal – 40 in total.

16-20 marks –

  • Thorough understanding of the success of the composition in relation to the Areas of Study and strand.
  • Detailed and accurate description of the composing process and a clear understanding of how the music has been developed.
  • Problems and difficulties are readily explained and solutions identified.
  • The candidate demonstrates a thorough knowledge of the key musical elements, characteristics and conventions (style fingerprints) relating to the Areas of Study and strand.
  • The candidate uses a wide range of relevant musical vocabulary.
  • There will be few, if any, errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation.

11-15 Marks

  • Good understanding of the success of the composition in relation to the Areas of Study and strand.
  • Accurate description of the composing process and a clear understanding of how the music has evolved.
  • There is an awareness of problems and difficulties encountered and solutions suggested.
  • Broad knowledge of the essential musical elements, characteristics and conventions relating to the Areas of Study and strand.
  • Musical vocabulary relevant to the chosen task accurately and in context.
  • There may be errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation, but they will be infrequent.

6-10 Marks

  • Some understanding of the success of the composition in relation to the Areas of Study and strand.
  • Some understanding of the composing process and of how the music has been created.
  • Some awareness of problems and difficulties encountered although remedies and solutions may not always be clear.
  • Some knowledge of musical elements, characteristics and conventions (style fingerprints) relating to the Areas of Study and strand.
  • Some musical vocabulary associated with the Areas of Study and strand is used appropriately.
  • Errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation may be noticeable, you can still understand the meaning.

5–1 Marks

  • Limited understanding of the success of the composition in relation to the Areas of Study and strand.
  • Lack understanding of how ideas have been created and developed.
  • Little or no awareness of problems or difficulties encountered with little or no evidence of remedies or solutions.
  • Little or no knowledge of musical elements, characteristics and conventions (style fingerprints) relating to the Areas of Study and strand.
  • Musical vocabulary associated with the Areas of Study and strand may be sparse or inappropriately used.
  • Errors in spelling, grammar and punctuation, may be difficult to follow.
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