Music GCSE

What will you learn?

  • To perform as a soloist and as part of a small ensemble.

  • To be able to write your own music and develop your ideas into full compositions.

  • To be able to analyse set works and unfamiliar pieces using music specific terminology.

The set works cover music from the following categories:

Instrumental music 1700-1820, Vocal music, Music for Stage and Screen and Fusions.

What resources will I need?

  • Your instrument and your voice

  • The Edexcel GCSE (9-1) Anthology of Music is recommended

How will you be assessed?

  • Performance (30%) - Students perform for at least four minutes of music comprising of a solo performance and ensemble performance

  • Composition (30%) - Students compose two compositions, of at least three minutes’ combined duration. One composition to a set brief and one free composition.

  • Listening & Appraising (40%) - The paper is made up of two sections and is out of a total of 80 marks.

Section A covers the set Areas of study, dictation, and unfamiliar pieces (68 marks) Section B is an extended response comparison between a set work and one unfamiliar piece (12 marks)

Where can this subject take you in the future?

Communication, teamwork, the ability to perform under pressure, planning and organisation, self-discipline, critical thinking and IT skills are all covered when learning music and these skills are transferable to any job.

There are many Creative Arts jobs more directly linked to music, here are a few that you could go on to do: