AIMS OF THE COURSE
GCSE Music is designed to build upon the knowledge and skills developed within Yrs 8-10, of Listening Composing and Performing.
GCSE Music is excellent for building Life Skills such as Self-Discipline: private practice, the Ability to Work with Others: ensemble performance, Communication Skills: evaluation of work and performances, Presentation Skills: the ability to perform in front of an audience and be confident, Creative and Critical Thinking: composing. All employers look for these skills in job applicants.
OUTLINE OF COURSE AND ASSESSMENT
1) Composing and Appraising Coursework 30%
Pupils must compose 2 pieces, lasting in total 3-6 mins. These pieces must include a composition diary/log detailing your composing process.
2) Performing and Appraising Practical Performance 35%
Pupils must perform at least one solo piece and perform as part of an ensemble (group). Each solo and ensemble performance should last up to 5 minutes each.
3) Listening and Appraising 2 Written Exams (Aural perception) 35%
One test of aural perception (listening) in two 45 minute papers sat on the same day. Part one: Core Area of Study. Part two: Optional Areas of Study.
WHAT IS EXPECTED OF THE STUDENT?
Pupils should be committed to studying one or more musical instruments. Any instrument from the Tin Whistle, to Voice, to Drum Kit is acceptable as a performance option.
If a pupil is interested in studying Music and doesn’t already play an instrument, he/ she should remember that the GCSE covers two years. With dedication, the required standard could be met. (If pupils are still unsure, discuss any queries with the Music teacher.)
As ‘ensemble’ performance is required, pupils are expected, and advised to contribute to some extra-curricular musical activities as these will develop their musical skills and enrich their understanding of music studied in class.
Performer, Conductor, Composer, Teaching Music. – Instrumental Tutor (private/ peripatetic), Lecturing, Primary/ Secondary Music, Music Production, Sound Engineering, Music Administration, Arts Council: Fundraising and co-ordinating Musical events, Music Industry; Business/ Marketing, Music Therapy, Music Journalism.