Why study Music?

A practical course in music will help you to:

  • learn how to make decisions, develop self-discipline
  • learn how to co-operate with others and work asa member of a team
  • learn to accept responsibility, develop an awareness and sensitivity to others
  • learn to organize the work of others, develop flexibility and adaptability
  • develop co-ordination skills, develop self awareness and self confidence
  • develop creativity, inventiveness and the ability to use initiative

Further information about the syllabus specifications can be found on the following website:

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Music is made up from 4 main areas.

20% Listening Exam 1 hour written exam
40% Performing Controlled Assessment One solo & one ensemble performance
20% Composing Controlled Assessment 25 hours controlled
20% Composing and Appraising Externally assessed 20 hours supervised & 2 hours controlled for appraisal

What happens in lessons?

GCSE Music lessons are varied.  You will:

  • Learn about musical theory
  • Analyse your own and class performances
  • Compose music using computer software
  • Each lesson extends some aspect of aural skills, developing your listening ability
  • It is expected that pupils will perform on a regular basis.

Contact Mr D Dixon for more details.

What will I study?

The content of GCSE Music is based on 5 areas of study which will be explored through 3 strands; Western Classical tradition, Popular music from the 20th & 21st Centuries and World music.

Rhythm & Metre
Harmony & Tonality
Texture & Melody
Timbre & Dynamics
Structure & Form

What skills will I need?

  • To be able to complete the course you must be able to play a musical instrument or sing.
  • ICT skills are helpful, but you will be taught anything you do not know.
  • A willingness to learn how to use music technologies.
  • Self discipline.
  • Determination and willingness to practice your instrument.