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Music

Time Allocation
Music is a GCSE option choice; therefore, during KS4, 2 hours per week are allocated to its study. Students who choose Music as a GCSE are also encouraged to attend at least one extra-curricular session per week. It is recommended only to choose Music as a GCSE subject if you are already performing at a Gr 3 level, or are prepared to undertake private instrumental tuition. 

Exam Board: EdExcel 

Course Content
A summary outline of the course is as follows: 

  

Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11 

Autumn 

Introduction to GCSE 

Musicianship (Aural and Theory) 

Music for Stage and Screen set works 

Performance 

Instrumental Music 1700-1820  wider listening 

Free composition 

Performing 

Fusion set works 

Composing to a brief 

Performing 

Spring 

Music for Stage and Screen set works and wider listening 

Free Composition 

 Performance 

Instrumental Music 1700-1820  wider listening 

  • Instrumental Music 1700-1820 set works 

Free composition 

Performing 

Fusions wider listening 

Composing to a brief 

Performing 

Summer 

Music for Stage and screen wider listening 

Instrumental Music 1700 – 1820 set works 

Free Composition 

Performing 

Instrumental Music 1700-1820  wider listening 

Complete free composition 

Preparing to compose to a brief 

Fusions Wider Listening 

Complete composition to a brief 

Written Examination 

Formative Assessment
A variety of assessment types are used including listening tests, topic-specific composition tasks, interim solo and ensemble performances. Homework is set weekly in accordance with the homework timetable. 

Summative Assessment

Component 1: Performing (30%) 
2 Performances – 1 Solo and 1 Ensemble. Total of 4 minutes across solo and ensemble pieces 

Component 2: Composing (30%) 
2 Compositions – 1 set to a brief, 1 free choice. Minimum of 3 minutes across both compositions 

Component 3: Appraising (40% Exam) 
4 Areas of Study: Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, Fusions. 1hr 45min exam 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

Why you should consider studying Music
It will help you to develop broader life-skills including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation. As well as introducing you to a number of exciting new music styles from different cultures. 

What skills profile a GCSE Music student should have
An ability to play an instrument or sing, a readiness to be involved in extra-curricular activities, concerts and productions and an interest in music of all cultures and times in history. 

What opportunities a GCSE in Music will lead to
A creative subject looks impressive on any CV! It provides students with the opportunity to gain self-confidence through performance, develops team-working skills through ensemble playing, extends creative skills through writing music, provides a solid foundation for progression to music related courses, including A-level Music  and a career in music professions. 

Famous Musicians include: Bach to Beethoven to the Beatles to Black Sabbath to Bob Marley to Bruno Mars. 

For more information, contact Ms Turner - Curriculum Leader for Music.