Music GCSE

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I love playing and listening to music so I can enjoy and learn at the same time.

Ideal Student: 

Students who play an instrument (or sing) to Grade 3 or equivalent standard and can read music notation, work well in a group and enjoy listening to a wide range of musical styles and genres.

Course Outline: 

Students study 3 units which cover listening, performing and composing music. During the course, four Areas of Study underpin learning and work is connected to set works studied in lessons.

Teaching and Learning Style: 

Students will take part in a range of learning activities including: practice for performance coursework (playing a solo or in a group), creating your own music (compose) following a brief and listening to and exploring music.


• 2 Performances marked by staff and moderated by the exam board (30%).
• 2 compositions marked by staff and moderated by the exam board (30%).
• A final listening exam marked by the exam board (40%) based on 8 set works (pieces) studied during the course.
A* - A skills include:
• Explore the expressive potential of musical resources and conventions used in selected genres and traditions. They perform/realise with a sense of style, have command of the resources they use and make appropriate gradations of tempo, dynamics and balance.
• Compose music that shows a coherent and imaginative development of musical ideas and consistency of style, and explore the potential of musical structures and resources.
• Make critical judgements about their own and others' music, using an accurate and extensive musical vocabulary.

Extra Curricular Opportunities: 

Performing in concerts and events in school, the local community and, occasionally, further afield. Visits to performances, open days, recording studios etc. Instrumental lessons to improve performance skills with possibility of entry for Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music exams.
Students should listen to and identify features of a wide variety of musical styles, traditions and genres eg. radio, cd, Youtube.
Performing coursework requires a good standard of instrumental skill so regular home practice and participation in extra-curricular ensembles and activities is essential. Regular singing is advised to enhance aural, listening and notation skills.

Complementary Courses: 

Dance, Maths, Drama, Art, PE.