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Music GCSE (AQA)

 

The specification encourages students to:

Develop their own musical interests and skills including the ability to make music individually and in groups and to use
music technology.

  • Evaluate their own and others’ music
  • Understand and appreciate a range of different kinds of music.
  • Actively engage in the process of music study in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds

Assessment

GCSE Level Examination

Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music

  • Examination: Written paper - 1 hour (20%)

Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music

  • Externally assessed (20%)

Unit 3: Performing Music

  • Controlled Assessment, 1 group and 1 solo (40%)

Unit 4: Composing Music

  • Controlled Assessment (20%)

General Information

GCSE Music helps students to develop subject knowledge, understanding and skills through listening to a variety of music, playing music and creating their own music.

The specification places a strong weighting on practical aspects of music (60%), with choices catering for a wide range of interests and abilities. This four unit GCSE assesses students’ skills in listening and appraising, composing and performing music.

Why Choose Music?

GCSE Music offers a solid foundation for progression to other music studies, including A Level Music and often to a music-related career. Our course provides the opportunity for students to develop valuable transferrable skills such as self-confidence, concentration, creativity, evaluation and team work.

Teachers and students enjoy and appreciate the benefits of being involved in playing, making and understanding music. Students have the opportunity to gain self-confidence by performing to others, develop social and team working skills and exercise their creativity while engaging in activities which they enjoy.

Course content

There are four units in GCSE Music and students must complete them all. They learn about musical language andexplore the elements underlying the organisation of sound through listening to music, performing individually and in a group, composing and appraising music.