Miss A Davies – Director of Performing & Creative Arts
Mr Oliver Hickman
GCSE Music is taught in a purpose built classroom. We have fifteen PCs running Sibelius 6 and Cubase LX. We have a wide selection of electric bass guitars, acoustic guitars, electric guitars, keyboards, pianos, a range of percussion instruments and two drum kits.
GCSE Music is an exciting, creative and challenging course designed for students to meet the demands of their future role as active citizens in employment and society in general, as well as for the possible further study of music and related areas.
Who is this course designed for?
This course will suit students who enjoy performing, composing and learning about a wide range of musical genres. It is particularly suited to musicians who have taken graded exams (ABRSM) (Rock School).
The course also provides a good foundation for those that would like to study music further at A Level and possibly university.
The aims of the course are to:
- develop a passion for music
- extend students’ knowledge of different musical traditions and music from around the world
- develop individual passion for playing a musical instrument
- develop musicianship
Studying this course will open opportunities to:
- study music at a higher level
- become a professional musician
- become a peripatetic teacher
- work in the record and entertainment industry
What do students study?
The course consists of four Areas of Study:
AoS1 – My Music
- study their instrument, its capabilities and develop good musicianship
- perform a solo piece on their main instrument
- compose a piece of music based on their performance for their instrument
AoS2 – Shared Music
Students learn about the relationship between instruments and the musical features of the following genres:
- Romantic Songs – Lieder
- Pop Ballads
- Classical Concerto
- Indian Classical Music
- Baroque and Classical Chamber Music
- Baroque and Classical Structure
- Baroque and Classical Melody Patterns
- The Great Choral Classics
- African acapella singing
AoS3 – Dance Music
Students learn about the musical features of the following dance genres:
- Line Dance – American
- Irish Jig and Reel
- Club Dance
AoS4 – Descriptive Music
- learn about the way music can be used to tell a story or create a mood
- look at famous programme music pieces from 1820 onwards
- study Film Music and how musical devices can represent characters and narrative
How are students assessed?
The GCSE course comprises four units:
- Unit B351 Integrated Task Solo Performance, composition for instrument and commentary related to AoS 1 (Controlled Assessment - 30% of final mark)
- Unit B352 Practical Portfolio Ensemble performance, Composition 2 relating to an Area of Study with log and evaluation (Controlled Assessment – 30% of final mark)
- Unit B353 Creative task timed task , developing a short piece based on provided stimuli (20% of final mark)
- Unit B354 Listening Test written paper lasting 1 hour 30mins assessing the areas of study (20% of final mark)
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