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AoS2: Music for Ensemble


Develop knowledge of different types of ensembles and be able to identify key features of these in relation to the musical elements with a focus on sonority and texture. This topic includes the study of chamber music, musical theatre, jazz and blues.

Example Key Words

Chamber Music

Music intended for a small group of performers, usually with one musician per part e.g. string quartet

Musical Theatre

A musical play or drama in which singing, acting and dance play an important part.


A genre originating in New Orleans in the early 20th Century. Important features of jazz music include improvisation, complex harmonies and syncopation


A genre originating in the Southern United States in the 19th Century. Important features include the blues scale and 12 bar blues structure


How different musical parts in a piece are layered and interact with each other


A group of musicians who perform together

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