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Reasons for studying this subject

The most important reason for studying music is the fact you enjoy music and you want to find out more. You may be an accomplished instrumentalist or singer, or just a beginner. It is not just for those who wish to study music as a career. It develops skills of creativity, sensitivity, critical awareness and cooperation.

What you will be studying

The course is based around 4 areas of study:

• Structure in Western Classical Music 1600-1899
• Changing directions in Western Classical Music from 1900
• Popular music in context
• Indian Raga, African music and Fusions

You will explore each of these areas of study through the skills of listening, composing and performing.

How you will be assessed

There are 3 papers, relating to the 3 skills.

Performing: You will perform one solo piece and one ensemble piece towards the end of the course. Participation in extracurricular groups is expected to help you prepare for this.

Composition At the end of the course, you will submit 2 compositions, based on 2 of the areas of study.

Listening: You will sit an exam in which you listen to a variety of pieces from each of the areas of study and answer questions on what you hear.

Associated Board Theory Exams

In addition to studying for the GCSE in Music, you will also work towards the Associated Board Theory Graded exams at an appropriate grade for you, and you will have the option to sit these exams if you wish. Grade 5 theory is required to sit grade 6 on your instrument with some exam boards, and in addition, the material covered strengthens the work undertaken in the GCSE and makes progression to A Level music easier.

Contact: Mrs. C. Whitehead – Director of Music