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Examination Board;  AQA

GCSE Music encourages an integrated approach to the three distinct disciplines of performing, composing and appraising through four interrelated areas of study. The four areas of study are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles in a wider context. The Western Classical Tradition forms the basis of Musical Forms and Devices (area of study 1), and learners should take the opportunity to explore these forms and devices further in the other three areas of study. Music for Ensemble (area of study 2) allows learners to look more closely at texture and sonority. Film Music (area of study 3) and Popular Music (area of study 4) provide an opportunity to look at contrasting styles and genres of music.

Why choose music?

  •  provides students the opportunity to gain self-confidence through performing to others
  •  develops team-working skills through performing with others
  •  extends students’ creative skills through composing music·                  
  •  encourages the understanding of the importance of continuous evaluation and refinement in any process
  •  provides a solid foundation for progression to music related courses, including A-level Music, and a career in music professions.

The GCSE Music course consists of:

•      Composition (2 compositions of differing styles) 20%

•      Performing (2 recorded performances on any instrument) 20%

•      Listening Exam based on appraising set works from classical to rock. 40%

An ability to play a musical instrument is beneficial but is not essential as students can take a music technology based route. So whether you are a guitarist, singer, violinist or just love music this is a suitable course for you.