- 60% coursework
- 40% exam
All music GCSE students are offered free instrument lessons to support them with the performance aspect of the course.
What We Study
Component 1: Performing (coursework 30%)
- You will need to record two or more performances that last at least a total of 4 minutes.
- At least one performance needs to be with other live musicians.
- You can choose to perform in any style and on any instrument, including voice.
Component 2: Composing (coursework 30%)
- You will need to write two compositions that last between 3 and 6 minutes.
- One composition will be to a set brief given by the exam board; this often includes composing for your own band, a pop piece or even film music.
- Composition two is a free composition in any style. You choose!
Component 3: Appraising
- This is the written exam of the course in which extracts of music are going to be played and you will have to identify musical elements.
- You will be expected to learn specific music vocabulary and study two chosen set works in more detail.
- The two set works are Badinerie by J.S.Bach for Flute and String Orchestra with Harpsichord and Africa by Toto (released 1982)
- Do I need to be able to read music? You should have a basic understanding of music reading but you do not need to be fluent. You will learn music theory as part of the course.
- Do I need to play an instrument/sing? Ideally, you should be able to play a little bit on the instrument of your choice or enjoy singing. You will need a strong commitment for learning to play and practise your pieces.
- Are music lessons always practical? Definitely not! Be prepared to learn a whole new dimension of music. You will have lessons focused on composing, listening, analysing and theory.
- Do I need to play in front of the class? No, but you will need to perform to the teacher
Course Leader: Miss Warren (email@example.com)