This is a highly practical course that covers a wide range of musical styles from different times, places and cultures. On the course you will develop your performing, composing, listening and understanding skills. Most lessons will involve musical performing, so the ability to play an instrument or to sing is es- sential. Composition work will be an integral part of each unit and will therefore gradually develop over time. This course is exciting and interesting for all those that have a passion for Music or want to study further. For some students there may be the option of a BTEC pathway alongside the GCSE Music group.
The course consists of three components which are:
- Performing: A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least one minute duration. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble.
- Composing: Students will compose two pieces. The first composition students will choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a differ- ent area of study. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief.
How is this course assessed?
The course has three methods of assessment: Performing, composing and a listening exam.
- Component 1: Performing: This is assessed through a total of 4-6 minute performance. This is internally assessed and externally moderated. This compo- nent is worth 30% of the overall GCSE.
- Component 2: Composing: This is assessed through a total of 3-6 minute compositions. This is internally assessed and externally moderated. This compo- nent is worth 30% of the overall GCSE.
- Component 3: Appraising: This is an externally as- sessed listening exam. The exam is for 1 hour and 15 minutes and is worth 40% of the overall GCSE.