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Music GCSE (AQA) at Ryburn Valley High School

Course description

GCSE Music is about making and listening to music. It covers performing, composing and listening to a wide variety of musical styles – popular music, classical music, dance music, film music and music for special occasions. There are opportunities to use music technology such as sequencing and recording.There is one exam in the summer. You will listen to a CD and answer questions on the five areas of study will cover popular music, classical music, dance, film music and music for special occasions. You will perform two pieces of coursework. One will be a solo in any style and on any instrument or voice. The other will be with other players. These performances may take place in the classroom or in school music groups. They will be recorded and marked by your teacher. You will also compose two pieces according to briefs written by yourself and the exam board. Your coursework is worth 75% of your final qualification. You will also have the opportunity to use music technology in the preparation and presentation of compositions. You may also use technology to record work and to produce printed scores and extract parts.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in Music or Performing Arts or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification.With further training, you could go into a job related to music and the performing arts such as a Teacher or Musician or you may wish to pursue a career in the production of music.You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ryburn Valley High School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2014
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