It is essential that you can play a musical instrument in order to take this option.  If a student you are not currently learning an instrument then you should see a music teacher as soon as possible in order to begin lessons.

Why study Music?

Music is an interesting and enjoyable subject because you get to express yourself through performances of your favourite music, as well as creating your own original work.  You also learn about different cultures and how music has evolved over the years. It gives you a chance to do a lot of practical work. 

What does it prepare me for in the future?

Studying music develops your self confidence and any employer or college or university will be impressed with someone who has musical ability, no matter what you go on to do. Playing a musical instrument is an excellent skill to have.  Music qualifications are highly regarded by colleges and employers, as musicians are trained to work methodically and to be self-disciplined. You can use GCSE Music as a basis for further study such as AS/A2 Music or a BTEC course based on performing arts at a College of Further Education. You may wish to use it as a springboard into related areas such as Music Technology.

Music leads into careers in performance, teaching, lecturing, music production, music technology or composing, to name just a few.

What will I learn?

You will learn to play your instrument or to sing, to perform in groups, to compose music in different styles, and to identify and analyse a wide range of musical genres.

What skills will I acquire?

The Music GCSE is designed to continue and develop the skills previously undertaken in Years 7 to 9. You will be encouraged to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of all styles of music through performing, composing, listening and appraising. Pupils need to have shown willingness to learn an instrument or sing and be willing to learn to read music to improve their performance and compositional skills.  Students can now also perform by Rapping, DJ Mixing or using ICT IMacs to create and perform music.

How is it assessed?

Areas of Study

B351 Integrated Tasks 1: My Music (Spotlight on my Instrument) 30% 
B352 Practical Portfolio  2: Shared Music (Relationships and Roles) 30%
B353 Creative Task  3: Dance Music 15% 
B354 Listening Examination 4: Descriptive Music 25%

Integrated Tasks

The students will perform a piece, create a composition and write a commentary.  This will relate to Area of Study 1.  The instrument can be any instrument including voice, MC/Rap, DJ, Beatboxing or IMac computers.

Practical Portfolio

Students create a portfolio consisting of a group performance relating to Area of Study 2.  They also create a composition relating to Area of Study 2, 3 or 4 and complete a log and commentary.

Creative Task

Students develop and communicate a short piece in a timed 45 minute exercise from an Area of Study based on a stimulus. 

Listening Exam

Students sit a listening examination by answering questions on Areas of Study 2, 3 and 4.  This paper is 1 ½ hours long.