Outline of Course This course is made up of three parts:-
Performing – for 2021 you submit a solo or group performance of at least 2 minutes. 30% of your GCSE.
Composing – for 2021 you submit one composition (your own music) which should last at least 2 minutes. 30% of your GCSE.
Appraising (Listening) You do a listening exam in May/June – it is worth 40% of your GCSE.
How it’s taught • Performing – you will learn a variety of pieces on the keyboards and you may be encouraged to play drums, guitar and/or sing.
• Composing – you will write your own riffs and melodies and arrange them into compositions – you may also write lyrics if you like.
• Listening – you will listen to music and identify musical features.
• Written Tasks – to prepare for the exam.
There are four areas that you study:-
• Musical Forms and Devices
• Music for Ensemble
• Film Music
• Popular Music
Homework You are encouraged to play, compose and listen to music at home.