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Composition folios over 4 minutes!

Discussion in 'Music' started by slyons542, Apr 27, 2016.

  1. slyons542

    slyons542 New commenter

    i have a number of students whose composition folios exceed the required 2-4 minutes. Will they be penalized for this or is it ok? They are coming in under 6 minutes. It's my first time with this board so I don't know if the times given are just guides or strict requirements. Thanks in advance!
  2. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    Can you say which board?
  3. slyons542

    slyons542 New commenter

    Sorry- it's edexcel.
  4. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    When I did use edexcel, I was fairly strict about the 4 min max. I can't imagine they'd be penalised for being a tiny bit over, but 2 mins more is quite a bit.
    If you have opportunity, see if those who are over could reduce repetition in their composition maybe? I found it a useful limit actually, to reduce rambling. Or if appropriate, maybe even up the tempo a little?! Obviously only if it suits the musical style - you don't want a mournful waltz at 100 miles an hour!
    Others may have other useful advice, or perhaps even contact the edexcel music specialist to see if there is leeway.
  5. florian gassmann

    florian gassmann Star commenter

    The Edexcel GCSE Music Teachers' Guide makes the position totally clear:

    The minimum time limit for the whole submission (ie both compositions together) is three
    minutes. There is no maximum time limit.
  6. slyons542

    slyons542 New commenter

    Thanks for the help: I asked the official guy & he answered this - just in case anyone else is wondering:
    There is no maximum time for compositions and moderators will mark the complete submission. For GCSE the total length should be between two and four minutes but there is no penalty for going over this time. The only thing to note is that pieces can be self-penalising if they are excessively long and do not develop the material.
  7. muso2

    muso2 Occasional commenter Community helper

    That's really interesting and thanks for posting what you found out from the specialist. I actually looked it up to check before I replied to you and the guidance for teachers that I saw still said 2-4 mins - glad you don't have to spend the next week panicking with a load of upset teenagers!
    slyons542 likes this.

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