Music

Head of Department: Miss S. Cowley

Qualification: GCSE MUSICExam Board: EDEXCELExam/NEA split: 40% Exam / 60% NEA

Component 1: Performing

Weighting: 30%

Content overview

  • Solo performing
  • Ensemble performing
  • Approaches to performing 

Assessment overview

  • Students perform for at least four minutes’ combined duration
  • Solo performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise oneor more pieces
  • Ensemble performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may compriseone or more pieces
  • Each performance will be out of 30 marks.
  • Internally marked and externally moderated. 

Component  2: Composition

Weighting: 30%

Content overview

  • Developing musical ideas
  • Compositional techniques and strategies
  • Ensuring technical control and coherence
  • Methods of notating composition scores

Assessment overview

  • Students compose two compositions, of at least three minutes’ combined duration
  • One composition to a brief set by Pearson, of at least one minute in duration.
  • One free composition set by the student, of at least one minute in duration.
  • Each composition will be out of 30 marks.
  • Internally marked and externally moderated. 

Component  3: Appraising

Weighting: 40%

Content overview

  • Musical elements, musical contexts and musical language
  • Areas of study:
  • Instrumental Music 1700–1820
  • Vocal Music
  • Music for Stage and Screen
  • Fusions. 

Assessment overview

The paper is made up of two sections and is out of a total of 80 marks.

Section A – Areas of study, dictation, and unfamiliar pieces

  • Six questions related to six of the eight set works.
  • One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.
  • One question on an unfamiliar piece (skeleton score provided) with questions on its musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

Section B – Extended response comparison between a set work and one unfamiliar piece

  • One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements,musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music.
  • A CD with the music extracts will be played to all students at the same time and will repeat the extracts a set number of times.

Course Summary:

Students who opt to follow the course should be interested in a wide variety of music.  This course is suitable for students who can play an instrument or sing to a reasonable standard.  This is a practical based course and students should have the confidence to both produce and perform.  It is vital that students are willing to perform in front of others as this is an important component of the course.  Due to the nature of the course, students must also be willing to commit to instrumental/vocal tuition outside of class time.

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