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Music GCSE at Queensbury School

Course description

The course has 4 parts : a) Listening & Appraising b) Composition c) Performance d) Integrated Assignment based on 5 areas of study : 1. music for film 2. music for dance 3. music for special events 4. music for orchestrallandmarks 5. popular song since 1960

Course content

What you will do

a) The Listening and Appraising part involves listening to extracts of music and answering questions on them, eg the instrument playing, the number of beats per bar etc. Listening to all kinds of music helps and visits to concerts are arranged to increase your general music knowledge. b) Compositionwork involves learning to play different instruments - guitars, keyboards and other classroom instruments which can then be used to write your own music. A piece has to be written for a special event. c) Performanceassessed by pupils preparing a solo and an ensemble piece. Pupils are expected to prepare this outside of school and perform in front of the class. d) Integrated Assignmentis a further composition written to a given brief with a CD made of the final product. How you will be marked The listening assessment is a written paper externally assessed. Performances are assessed in school with you performing for your teacher, not an outside examiner. There is also an integrated assignment, one composition, set by the board on an area of study and assessed externally.

Entry requirements

What to do if you are interested Taking part in various musical activities in and out of school, eg bands, orchestral groups, choirs, guitar groups, concert visits, is compulsory to the course. If you already sing or play an instrument whether it be orchestral, keyboard or guitar this is helpful but not compulsory. Interest and enthusiasm are more important than previous musical experience. Tuition is given free on an instrument of your choice. As a result of this you are expected to attend 1 extra curricular activity per week. If you are interested:

Please speak to Mrs Ballantine

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queensbury School directly.

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years