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Music GCSE at Prince William School

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This is a really exciting and interesting course, which will appeal to anyone who really loves music. The course allows musicians to develop all of their musical skills in composing, performing, listening and appreciation. If you already have lessons on an instrument or in singing, you will probably have a head start in the performing and will be able to concentrate on developing your musical skills in other areas as well as improving your performance discipline. You will explore music from four areas of study by doing lots of in-class composing, performing and listening work. Area of study 1 - Classical Music 1630-1899 · ground bass + variations· ternary form· rondo Area of study 2 - New Ideas1900- present  · serialism· minimalism· experimental music + electronic music Area of study 3 - Popular Music  · Brit Pop· club dance remix· songs from musicals Area of study 4  - World Music  · gamelan (Indonesia)· raga (India)· drumming (Africa) fusion (2 cultures, e.g. bhangra, folk rock) Performing - coursework (30%) § Performing 1 own composition – perform one of your own compositions at any time during the course. You can do this in class, on your own to your teacher, in a concert, in fact anywhere or anytime your teacher can hear you. § Performing 2 own choice – perform your own choice of music at any time during the course - (either performance 1 or performance 2 must be in a group with others) § Performing 3 solo own choice – perform your own choice of music at the end of the course There are in-class performing opportunities every half-term to help you build up your confidence and practise your pieces amongst friends. These are marked and recorded each time so that you can decide with the help of your teacher which performances show you off to your best ability and these will be submitted as your coursework at the end of Year 11. So no worries if it does not go well the first time! Composing – coursework (30%) § Composing 1 - you compose a piece of music based on one of the areas of study and you also perform this (see above) § Composing 2 - choose a different area of study and compose another piece During Year 10, you put together a “sketchbook” of composing ideas from each of the topics in the Areas of Study. In Year 11, you choose two of these ideas and develop them into your coursework. Composition 1 is submitted at Christmas in Year 11 and Composition 2 at Easter. We use the PCs and Sibelius software to help you make your ideas happen and to produce finished musical scores. You can write for any instrument and if you cannot write using the 5-line musical stave, you can write in TAB or you can produce a detailed written commentary to accompany your recordings. Listening - final examination – 40% During the exam you will answer questions on extracts of music from all four areas of study. Some questions are multiple choice, some one-word answers, and some short paragraph answers. We do lots of practise for this throughout the course. We have workshops from visiting musicians in rock and pop, visits to concerts, and lots of open-house working sessions. We use lots of video, DVD and CD in lessons and you will have the chance to use ICT throughout the course. Please come and talk to Miss Shields or Mrs Porter if you want any more information.

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Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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