What do you study?
Performing for a start! You will get plenty of time to make music and you will be encouraged to get involved in concerts and performances such as the Autumn Extravaganza and the Battle of the Bands.
Composing two original pieces is also part of the coursework and you can decide the style yourself. Of course there is listening to music too and the genres covered include film music, songs and rock music, as well as different rhythms from around the world.
The course is based around the following areas of study:
- My Music
- The Concerto Through Time
- Rhythms of the World
- Film Music
- Conventions of Pop
Why study GCSE Music?
It will be good fun and will help build social skills and contribute to key skills including ICT. If you already play an instrument or sing well, this will give you a great head start on the course and grade 4 is the equivalent of a top grade! If you like using Garageband or Logic, or even DJing or Beatboxing, then the course is made for you. Those who enjoy making up their own songs will find that GCSE Music gives you the time and opportunity to develop your own individual style.
How is the course assessed?
Coursework (60%) and Listening Examination (40%). Graded 1-9 with 9 being the highest.
The coursework element of the course is worth 60% of the final mark and consists of two performances and two compositions.
The linear listening examination is worth 40%, making the course very easy to understand and complete.