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GCSE Music - Pupil Information


Year 10

Year 11

Year 10

Edexcel Specification

Listening

Listening exam 40%
  • Listening and written paper of 1hr 30 minutes
  • All four areas of study included in test
  • Externally assessed

Performing

Performing 30%
  • Solo performing : playing or singing one piece (15%)
  • Performing during the course: perform or direct TWO pieces including composition 1. (15%)
  • Internally assessed / externally moderated.

Composing

Coursework 30%

  • Compose two pieces lasting at least three minutes in total.

  • Each composition worth 15%.

  • Should both be linked to different Areas of Study according to brief set by pupil or teacher.

Areas of Study

Area of Study 1 Areas of Study 2 Areas of Study 3 Areas of Study 4
Repetition and contrast in Western Classical Music 1600-1899 New directions in Western Classical Music; 1900 to the present day Popular song in context Rhythms, scales and modes in music from around the world
Ground bass

Variations

Ternary Form

Rondo

Serialism

minimalism

Experimental

Electronic

12 bar blues

Reggae

Club dance remix

Songs from musical

Gamelan

Indian Raga

African drumming

Music that draws on 2 different cultures

Year 11

OCR Syllabus 1678

Listening

Candidates are asked to identify and compare distinctive musical characteristics from a variety of styles and traditions; they must also make critical judgments about music, expressing and justifying their views using appropriate musical vocabulary. This test is administered by a tape supplied by the Board. Worth 30% of total mark.

Performing

Candidates must perform two prepared pieces (one solo and one within an ensemble). The performances are recorded, and may be done at any time during the course. Credit will be given for proficiency on two instruments or instrument/voice.

Composing

Two original compositions must be presented, though credit will be given to candidates offering a third piece in a different genre.

These three components are weighted at 30% each. The extra 10% is available in one of the three activities, chosen by the candidate (Listening — a further question paper; Performing — sight-reading; Composing — writing music using a “given stimulus”.)

N.B. It is also possible to take Music as an “extra” GCSE. Lessons are arranged outside the main timetable.

 

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