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MUSIC  
INTRODUCTION

 “Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
If you have a passion for Music – whether it be performing it, writing it, listening to it or learning about it, GCSE Music is for you. It is an opportunity to develop your own musical skills further, and to develop a wider understanding of musical styles, through lessons that are creative, practical, and exciting.

 
EXAM BOARD AQA  
STRUCTURE OF
COURSE
UNIT: 1                                               UNIT: 2  

     

Understanding Music                     Performing Music

 

                                    UNIT: 3    
                            Composing Music    
ASSESSMENT

Component 1 is examined in a 90-minute listening and written paper (40% of marks)
Component 2 is examined in two performances – solo and ensemble (30% of marks)
Component 3 is examined in two coursework compositions (30% of marks)

CONTENT
UNIT: 1

Understanding Music: You will study a wide range of Music taken from the Western Classical Tradition (both classical and modern), Popular Music (including pop, jazz and musical theatre) and Traditional Music (including world and folk music). You will learn about key musical styles that make up these traditions, focusing in on four set pieces in
addition to gaining a wider knowledge. You will build both listening skills and the ability to analyse music by looking at a written score, and you will perform and compose music related to the different topics.

UNIT: 2 Performing Music: Throughout the GCSE course, you will have several opportunities to perform on your instrument or as a vocalist, both in solo and ensemble situations. 
UNIT: 3 Composing Music: Over the 2-year course, you will learn a range of composition skills, culminating in your composing two pieces – one in each year. One of these compositions will be to a brief set by the exam board, and the other will be in your own free choice of style.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Learners take components: 01, 02 and 03 or 01, 02 and 04 to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Computer Science.

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