Grammar School

Music GCSE


Music is about engaging in a range of practical and theoretical activities within performing, composing and appraising both as an individual and as part of group. It can lead to a range of career opportunities within many artistic fields such as music, music production, media and drama.

The Edexcel GCSE Music syllabus has been chosen because it:

· encourages students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study

· develops broader life skills and attributes, including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation

· enables students to engage actively in the study of music

· develops musical skills and interests, including the ability to make music individually and in groups

· enables students to understand and appreciate a range of different kinds of music.

Pupils will typically study the following topics:

· Area of Study 1: Western Classical Music 1600-1899

· Area of Study 2: Music in the Twentieth Century

· Area of Study 3: Popular Music in Context

· Area of Study 4: World Music

Throughout the course there will be opportunities to perform both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble and write and perform compositions

Performing Coursework: 30% of total marks

Candidates have the opportunity to perform as a soloist and as part of an ensemble in a variety of concerts, recitals and classroom activities that take place throughout the year. Two of these performances will be chosen for submission and will be marked on level of difficulty, accuracy and interpretation of the music.

Composing Coursework: 30% of total marks

Candidates will learn how to compose in a variety of styles ranging from theme and variations through to writing a pop song. This will be done through individual and group activities within lessons, including learning to use the music software, Sibelius. Two pieces will be chosen to be submitted.

Appraising Paper – 1 hour 30 minutes: 40% of total marks

Candidates will study a wide range of genres (see Areas of Study above) throughout the course, through both listening and practical activities. At the end of the course, candidates will sit an examination based on recorded extracts of music on CD plus one essay question.


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