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Music (GCSE) at St Columba's Catholic Boys' School

Course description

The course is designed around three essential activities; Listening, Performing, & Composing, all linked to four areas of study. Each candidate is assessed according to what he achieves within his own capabilities. Composing / Coursework 30% Cubase can be used for composition. This will assess the candidate’s ability to compose or arrange music in a traditional or contemporary idiom. He will be required to submit a file of pieces, of which two pieces will be selected for moderation. Performing / Practical 30% This will be internally assessed and the candidate will be expected to perform three pieces. This will require at least a basic knowledge of the instrument. The choice is very broad and includes the voice. One performance will include the candidate’s own composition. Of course any instrument is acceptable, including voice. Written Paper 40% The written paper will test the candidates’ knowledge of and ability to identify structure and elements, texture and instrumentation and stylistic aspects. All questions are linked to the four areas of study. SCHEME OF ASSESSMENT: 1) Listening, Question Paper 1 hour 30 minutes - 40% 2) Performing, (Coursework) - 30% 3) Composing, (Coursework) - 30% Much of the work can be recorded and there is a high level of practical work required and this involves all instruments. The use of technology is encouraged and the candidate will be trained using Cubase. The ultimate aim for pupils is to create awareness and experience of many different styles and traditions of music, from Renaissance to modern and recorder to electronic.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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