The topics students learn about in year 11 (from 2017-18 onwards) are:
- Music Theory and terminology related to areas of study
- Composition - students will undertake the second of 2 pieces of assessed composition
- Performance - students will record a solo and ensemble performance.
- Related to Area of Study 3 students will study and learn terminology related to Blues music from 1920–1950. • Fusion music incorporating African and/or Caribbean music. • Contemporary Latin music. • Contemporary folk music of the British Isles.
- Related to Area of Study 4 students will study and learn terminology related to • The orchestral music of Copland. • British music of Arnold, Britten, Maxwell-Davies and Tavener. • The orchestral music of Zoltán Kodály and Béla Bartók. • Minimalist music of John Adams, Steve Reich and Terry Riley.
Parental advice - The specification we study is AQA GCSE Music (8271) which can be found here:
Students who are involved in extracurricular music activities and who practice regularly at home will have better options and opportunities to perform at a higher level and achieve well in their GCSE. Similarly, listening to a range of recorded and live music will help improve students’ critical understanding and appraisal of music which will help with Unit 1 - Understanding Music.
In Years 10 - 11 we offer the Edexcel 2 year GCSE music course as an option. The syllabus is based around the four study areas:
* Classical Music 1600-1899
* 20th Century Music
* Popular Song
* Music from Around the World
The assessment for GCSE consists of both coursework and examination as follows:
Solo Performance - coursework assessment (15%)
Ensemble Performance - coursework assessment (15%)
Performing using music technology, sequencers or microphones (30%)
Composition 1 (chosen from a study areas) - coursework assessment (15%)
Composition 2 (chosen from a different study areas) - coursework assessment (15%)
LISTENING & APPRAISING
Listening paper 1.5 hours - (questions on all four areas of study) - examination (40%)