Music GCSE at Stocksbridge High
Brief description of coursework requirements:
Listening --Students will gain a broad musical background covering different musical styles. The emphasis is placed on the students aural perception. Skills in reading music notation will also be developed.
Composition-- Each student will complete one composition based on the Area of Study: Music for Special Events . A number of compositions will be completed during the course (one per half term) from which the student will select the final piece. A detailed account of the composition process is also required for each piece.
Performance --Each student will (a) sing or play an instrument individually with or without an accompaniment (b) sing or play an instrument within an ensemble. Usually not more than five performers. This will be recorded after Christmas of the year of the exam and the students will take part in mock performances each half term to build confidence and accuracy.
Brief description of the final examination:
Integrated assignment--One composition will be completed on a task set by the examination board based on one of the areas of study(Music for Film, Music for Dance, Orchestral Landmarks, The Popular Song since 1960). The assignment will be issuedduring November of Year 11 and will require a detailed account of the composition process in writing.
Listening and appraising test --The test will consist of musical extracts from the five areas of study and will take the form of a question and answer book with an accompanying CD. The test will last 1 hours.
Coursework--50% (25% composition and 25% performance)
Final examination 50% (25% integrated composition assignment and 25% listening and appraising test)
On leaving school a GCSE in music could lead to further study in music at A level, sound recording and music ICT.
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