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Music GCSE is a creative course that is appropriate for all those who like to be involved in music -making. Treviglas has one of the best resourced music departments in the country and is able to deliver an exciting course. The GCSE is challenging but fun and you will be involved in lots of practical work, performing a range of music and composing in a variety of styles, from classical to pop, and music from other cultures. To be a music GCSE student requires dedication, resilience and a genuine passion for the subject. As a GCSE music student you must be prepared to practise on your instrument or voice each week, and be part of the lively culture of music-making in and around the college.

The course is divided into three areas: composing, performing, and listening and analysing. Two original compositions will make up 30% of your final marks. Over the course you will also record two performances: one solo piece and one as part of an ensemble. These performances must total between 4 and 7 minutes and are worth 30% of your final marks. The listening and analysing component of the course makes up 40% of the total marks. This is assessed in a written examination and will test your ability to listen and appraise music using a CD of excerpts. The music will be a wide range of ages, styles and cultures but the examination will also require you to have studied specified set works which include Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto along with three tracks from Paul Simon’s Graceland album. An ability to read and write simple music notation is required here. We will support your development here.

If you enjoy making music, are keen to explore a deeper understanding of music, and wish to develop as a composer and performer, then this is the course for you! Having a multifaceted subject such as music in your portfolio of GCSE grades can make the difference.