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.