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What is GCSE Music all about?
GCSE Music is about making and listening to music. It covers performing, composing and listening in a wide variety of musical styles and offers opportunities to use music technology such as sequencing and recording.
Will I enjoy this course?
You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that: is largely practical (60% involves practical music-making); allows you to be creative; gives you the opportunity to play music with others in e.g., rock groups, bands, orchestras or local choirs; gives you the opportunity to learn more about and use music technology.
What could I do next with GCSE Music?
GCSE Music prepares you well for AS/A Levels in Music and Music Technology as well as BTEC National Diplomas (in Music, Popular Music and Music Technology) and the Vocational A-Level in Performing Arts. You may wish to take a GCSE in Music simply because you enjoy it, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or because you wish to go into a job in music or the Arts (e.g. the music industry, publishing, entertainment, teaching, events management, front of house etc.). Music also gives you broader experiences that are valued in many other professions that require you to show good teamwork, communication and expressive skills as well as commitment, confidence and creativity.
What will I study?
You will learn about different styles of music from different eras and different parts of the world by studying set works. These are divided up into four areas of study:
• Western classical music 1600-1899
• Music in the 20th century
• Popular music in context
• World music
The course structure is outlined below:
Components Weighting Assessment Description
Performance 30% Coursework Perform 2 pieces on any instrument, in any style. One solo, one ensemble
Composition 30% Coursework Compose 2 pieces of music from different areas of study
Listening 40% Examination One and a half hour exam based on pieces of music you have studied throughout the course
Examination Board: Edexcel Syllabus Code: 2MU01
Head of Department: Mr. F. Mallinson