GCSE Music is a challenging, well-respected and highly enjoyable course through which you will develop a wide range of skills that you will find useful in your future academic studies and career. Through learning an instrument or singing you will show future employers/ universities that you have the discipline and commitment it takes to perform music to a high standard. Composition will show that you have a creative side and have developed your imagination whilst meeting a detailed brief. Lastly, music is an academic as well as a practical subject; the listening and appraising skills that you will develop will be invaluable to you. Students who opt for GCSE Music go on to pursue a range of careers, including medicine, law, music therapy, teaching, arts and artist management and film production.
Unit 1: Performing (practical exam – 30%)
You will have the opportunity to have individual instrumental/vocal lessons throughout the course. You will be expected to take an active role in the musical life of the school and for the final exam you will perform 1 solo piece and 1 ensemble piece.
Unit 2: Composing (coursework – 30%)
Throughout the course, you will learn how to extend and shape your own musical ideas, developing a range of compositional techniques. For the final exam you need submit 2 compositions in contrasting musical styles (relating to the areas of study listed for unit 3).
Unit 3: Listening & appraising (written exam – 40%)
For this part of the course you will explore 8 set works that cover 4 areas of study:
- Instrumental Music 1700-1820
- Vocal Music
- Music for Stage and Screen