Music

Key Stage 4: GCSE Music

Why study GCSE Music?

You will develop your musical interests and skills, including your ability to perform and compose music in different styles and genres. It will prepare you for further study at A Level.

What will I study?

You will study a wide variety of musical genres from different periods in history, from Classical to 21st Century Pop.

What happens in lessons?

The majority of GCSE Music lessons involve theory and a practical element – this could be either composition or performance. The listening theory for unit 1 is taught in as active a way as possible allowing you to learn key concepts which are then assessed in regular listening tests and applied creatively in your performances and compositions.

What skills will I need?

You must be a confident performer on at least one instrument before starting the course. You also need a love of music and to be self-disciplined as you will be required to work independently on coursework for units 2, 3 and 4. An ability to read music notation is also recommended!

Contact Mrs Maud for further information

How will I be assessed?

There are 4 units:

Unit 1 Listening to and Appraising Music Exam at end of Y11 based on the 5 Areas of Study 80 marks 20%
Unit 2 Composing and Appraising Music Externally assessed composition followed by a written paper 40 marks 20%
Unit 3 Performing Music solo and ensemble performance 60 marks 40%
Unit 4 Composing Music One composition 30 marks 20% 

Key Stage 4: RockSchool Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners

Key Stage 4: Why study Rockschool?

This is a very practical course, aimed at developing the skills required as a popular musician. It will prepare you for further study at Level 3 BTEC Music.

What will I study?

You will learn how to perform effectively on your chosen instrument or voice by setting yourself targets for improvement. You will rehearse a variety of songs in different styles chosen to develop your overall musicianship, continually evaluating your progress along the way.

What happens in lessons?

In RockSchool lessons develop your skills as a musician. At the start of a project you will undergo a skills analysis to identify your strengths and weaknesses. You will then set yourself SMART targets, which you will work on during rehearsals. At the end of each session you will review your progress. Projects can either be solo or ensemble performances.

What skills will I need?

You must be a confident performer on at least one instrument before starting the course. You also need a love of music and to be self-disciplined, as you will be required to work independently during rehearsals. An ability to read music notation is also recommended!

Contact Mrs Maud for further information

How will I be assessed?

There are 3 units:

Unit 1 Music Rehearsal Skills Rehearsing songs as a group, setting and reviewing targets for improvement 8 credits
Unit 2 Organising a Music Event Working as a group to put on a music concert 8 credits
Unit 3 Live Music Performance Controlled assessment – you will have 20 hours to rehearse for a 15 minute performance in Y11. This unit is externally assessed. 8 credits

You will be assessed according to the RockSchool grading criteria and can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.