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GCSE Music at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

If you have an interest in other cultures and other languages, in evaluating other people’s music but also creating your own, in performing informally to learn about a style or formally for a solo or group assessment, or simply in unlocking one of the great beauties of the world, Music could be the subject for you.  It is a subject with a great variety of content and skills.

 

Course content

Unit 1 - Three strands of study – World, Popular and Western Classical music

Unit 2 - Three strands of study – World, Popular and Western Classical music 

Unit 3 - Two performances, choosing from the three options of solo, technology-based and ensemble performance

Unit 4 - Five areas of study – rhythm and metre, harmony and tonality, texture and melody, timbre and dynamics, structure and form 

Entry requirements

You should be able to play an instrument or sing already, although you can take up lessons at the beginning of the course.  Lessons are essential, and you should start them if you haven’t done so already.  A knowledge of how to read music is the absolute minimum; ideally, you would have completed the grade 2 theory book.

 

Assessment

Unit 1 - You complete a one-hour listening examination with up to twelve questions based on the three strands of study – World, Popular and Western Classical music (20%)

Unit 2 - You compose and appraise a second piece of original music that links to one of the three strands of study – World, Popular and Western Classical music – in 22 hours of supervised time (20 for composition and 2 for appraisal) (20%)

Unit 3 - You present two performances, choosing from the three options of solo, technology-based and ensemble performance (40%)

Unit 4 - You compose another piece of original music that specifically explores at least two of the five areas of study – rhythm and metre, harmony and tonality, texture and melody, timbre and dynamics, structure and form – in 25 hours of supervised time (20%)

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Future opportunities

If you have done GCSE Music, you can go on to study A level or BTEC Music (Performance or Technology) in the sixth form, but you would also find it a good preparation for all sorts of other subjects that use similar skills.  It requires you to analyse things by listening, so it’s a good grounding in concentrating and being perceptive, and it also produces good performers, confident students who are used to being well prepared for deadlines.

Further information

Contact Mrs Hartley

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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