GCSE Music

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What will I learn?

You will learn how to improve your performing skills. You will develop your composing skills that you have learnt in KS3.  You will learn about the following areas: music for stage and screen, music from Wales, modern music, musical forms and devices.

How will I learn?

To prepare for the performing exam you will perform to your friends at various times throughout the two years.  You will be guided through a coursework booklet to help you to compose to a GCSE standard.

If you are not confident about music theory then you will work through a theory booklet in year 10 exploring the following chapters: reading and writing music, keys and scales, chords, structure and instruments.  You will be tested at the end of each chapter.  In the last term of year ten and during year eleven you will look at the GCSE exam questions.

You will listen to and write about music from films and musicals.  You will listen to music by popular welsh composers and bands.  You will listen to more modern music such as minimalistic music, jazz, rock and blues.  You will listen to and write about different structures of music and recognise the different devices used such as verse/chorus structure and imitation and ostinato.

How will I be assessed?

You will have to perform two contrasting performances in year eleven.  Your teacher will record and mark you.  You have to perform one solo piece and one as a member of an ensemble.  One of the pieces should link to an area of study: a popular one being music for stage and screen.

You will have to compose two contrasting pieces. You will be helped with this as you fill a log in each term as you complete each deadline.  You will write about how you composed your piece in your log and as each draft deadline is completed you will say what improvements you have made.

Your final assessment will be a listening/written exam.  You will listen to different pieces of music from the different areas of study and answer questions on them as you listen.  At the end of the listening exam you will then write about one of your compositions or about one of your performance pieces.

What next after the course?

You will then have the opportunity to develop your skills at AS level.  Your standard of performance and composition will have improved enabling you to take the next course. You will get even more opportunities to study more varied styles of music.







Future employment opportunities?

The advantage of studying music is that it teaches you a whole range of skills that can be used in future employment.  Every pupil who studies music at St. Brigid’s school will have the opportunity to develop the following skills:

  • Literacy
  • Time-Management
  • Numeracy
  • Presentation
  • Co-ordination
  • Planning
  • Listening
  • Motivation
  • Confidence
  • Dexterity
  • Intuition
  • Imagination
  • Creativity
  • Teamwork
  • Communication