GCSE Music

Year 11 Course Description

 

This GCSE course is a natural progression for those who enjoyed learning the subject in KS3. It allows students to develop composition, listening, musical theory and performing skills throughout the course.

 

Course Content

 

Students study various different styles of music and explore these whilst gaining a heightened theoretical musical knowledge in keeping with the ‘Elements of Music’. Students study ‘Areas of Study’ through three strands of learning which form the basis for three of the four units within this course. Students compose two pieces of music; one being linked to a world strand set by the exam board, the second being a ‘free composition’. Students also perform solo pieces and pieces as part of an ensemble with their chosen instrument.

Assessment

 

Unit 1 – Listening To and Appraising Music – 20% 1 hour listening exam

This is a listening exam based on the knowledge students have gained through studying the strands of music and Areas of Study.

 

Unit 2 – Composing and Appraising Music – 20% externally assessed.

Students are required to compose a piece of music based on two or more of the areas of study and linking to one of the three strands that they have studied. Students also complete a written appraisal to accompany this which is completed under controlled assessment conditions.

 

Unit 3 – Performing Music – 40% internally assessed

Students perform two different pieces; one individual performance and one group performance.

 

Unit 4 – Composing Music – 20% internally assessed

Students compose one piece of music linked to two or more Areas of Study.

 

Future Opportunities

 

This course GCSE music is a perfect springboard for those who would like to study Music at A-Level. Students can also go on to study A-Level Music Technology or it can also be helpful in gaining access to a Performing Arts course at college. This can lead students into a career in the Arts or teaching perhaps.

 

Further Information

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-4270/subject-content

 

Or please see Miss Langford, Mrs Evans or Mr Atkin for more details.

 

 

 

Year 10 Course Description

 

This GCSE course is a natural progression for those who enjoyed learning the subject in KS3. It allows students to develop composition, listening, musical theory and performing skills throughout the course.

 

Course Content

 

Students study various different styles of music and explore these whilst gaining a heightened theoretical musical knowledge in keeping with the ‘Elements of Music’. Students gain an understanding of music through the listening to 4 ‘areas of study’ as well as performing as both a solo artist and as part of an ensemble. Students are also given the opportunity to compose two pieces of music; one which is a composition to a brief set by the exam board, the other being a ‘free composition’.

 

Assessment

 

Component 1 – Understanding Music – 40% – 1 hour 30 mins listening exam

This is a listening exam based on the knowledge students have gained through studying Areas of Study. The areas of study are:

  • 1 Western classical tradition 1650–1910
  • 2 Popular music
  • 3 Traditional music
  • 4 Western classical tradition since 1910.

 

Component 2 – Performing Music – 30% – internally assessed.

Students perform two different pieces; one individual performance and one group performance.

 

Component 3 – Composing Music – 30% – internally assessed

Students compose one piece of music one of which is linked to an brief set by AQA (the exam board). Students will develop musical ideas and compose two composition each being 3 minutes long. Each composition will demonstrate selection and use of at least four types of musical element as follows: at least two of rhythm, metre, texture, melody, structure and form and at least two of harmony, tonality, timbre, dynamics, phrasing, and articulation.

 

Future Opportunities

 

This course GCSE music is a perfect springboard for those who would like to study Music at A-Level. Students can also go on to study A-Level Music Technology or it can also be helpful in gaining access to a Performing Arts course at college. This can lead students into a career in the Arts or teaching perhaps.

 

Further Information

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-4270/subject-content

 

Or please see Miss Langford or Mr Atkin for more details.