Examination Board: Edexcel
Specification: 1MU01
Qualification: GCSE 

Head of Department:
Mr David Godfree

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How is the course structured?



Internally assessed / Externally moderated

You will produce a solo and an ensemble performance recordedduring the course. Performances may be on any instrument and in any style. Each performance must be a minimum of 1 minute. The combined duration of both performances must be 4 minutes.



Internally asessed / Externally moderated

You will produce two compositions during the course. One composition must be to a brief set by Edexcel and this will relate to one of the areas of study (see Listening below). The second composition is a free composition. Compositions may be for any instrument or voice, or combination of instruments and/or voices, and in any style, subject to the requirements of the two compositions must be a minimum of 3 minutes.



Externally Assessed 

You will study 8 set works from four areas of study covering the following styles: (i) Instrumental music 1700-1820; (ii) Vocal music; (iii) Music for stage and screen; (iv) Fusions. There is a 1 Hour 45 Minute examination where you will respond to questions based on recorded extracts of the set works. The questions paper will include mulitiple choice, short open and extended writing question.

Course content:

What is GCSE Music all about?
GCSE Music covers performing, composing and listening in a wide variety of musical styles – popular music, music for stage and screen, and classical music. There are many opportunities to use music technology (composing) and the course is therefore very good preparation for anyone considering an AS/A level course in Music Technology. You will improve your skills in performing and composing different styles of music. You will listen to a wide variety of music and learn more about how and why it was composed and/or performed. You must be able to play an instrument (or sing) and it is strongly recommended that you are taking instrumental lessons either in or out of school. Membership of a school and/or outside music group is also much encouraged.

What could I do next with GCSE Music?
GCSE Music is a good preparation for further musical study and a solid foundation for the AS/A levels in Music and Music Technology. You may wish to take a GCSE in Music for its own sake, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest. Alternatively, you may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had an experience of music or where you will need to use some of the skills developed during the course. These might include careers in the music industry, publishing, entertainment and teaching or any job which involves communication and expressive skills.



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