The Curriculum

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This exciting course by OCR will develop a student’s interest and understanding of how music is created through a practical approach. The focus for learning in the course is provided by four areas of study:

1. My music
2. Shared music
3. Dance Music
4. Descriptive music

The areas of study define a wide background of knowledge and understanding of music and its context in different traditions, and require close, in-depth study of relevant repertoire.

Skills in composing, performing and listening/appraising are assessed in three parts:

  • Coursework (split into practical portfolio and integrated tasks, comprising in total Composition 1 and 2, Performance 1 and 2 and some appraising) worth 60%.
  • Creative Task: Respond and Communicate, (set by OCR and administered during a set period in the Spring Term of the final year of the course) worth 20%.
  • Listening Paper which is worth 20%.

In the practical portfolio, students are expected to demonstrate performing ability in one free choice performance (worth 10%) and their composing skills in one commissioned composition (worth 10%). The analysis is worth 10%. This composition must be based on either Area of Study 3: Dance Music: paired dance, group dance or improvised dance or Area of Study 4: Descriptive music.

One further performance and composition, and a student appraisal of each, are required for the Integrated Coursework component (worth 30% in total). This is based on area of study 1: My Music where students are required to show an understanding of their own instrument. The Listening Paper will draw from area of Study 2, area of Study 3 and area of Study 4: and lasts for up to 90 minutes, while the Creative Task (Respond and Communicate) gives students the opportunity to develop a given stimulus melodically during 25 minutes preparation time.

Although GCSE music provides a solid grounding for study of the subject at a higher level, it is also a stimulating course in its own right. Assessment is to a standard which can be achieved by students who have received tuition only in the classroom situation. All instruments are accepted and performance can be in any style of music chosen by students.

For further information please see Mrs Attenborough at The Bramcote School or Mrs Franklin at Alderman White School.

Please be aware that in order to have a realistic chance of success in Music GCSE students should have the potential to achieve Level 6 in Music by the end of Year 9.